Rails to Trails VP on Purple Line
In a post about this morning's e-mailed trail advocacy, I pondered the Rails to Trails Conservancy's position on Montgomery County's proposed Purple Line, which would run alongside the Capital Crescent Trail. Here is a reply I received from Jeffrey Ciabotti, the conservancy's vice president of trail development:
The portion of the Purple Line being converted to transit and trail use is on railbanked corridor. That is, unused rail corridor that has been preserved for future transportation purposes but in the interim can be used as a public trail. The popularity of the Capital Crescent Trail (and its future connection to the Metropolitan Branch Trail) and the necessity for increased public transportation has resulted in a plan to incorporate both uses on the corridor. There are many such successful examples of rails-with-trails across the country. With good design emphasizing safety and plenty of public input this project can be among the best in the nation.
I'd say that's a fairly detailed response. It sort of makes me wonder about the potential for some sort of simple walking path along Baltimore's light rail line, between BWI and the planned Gwynns Falls / Jones Falls trail link.
Edit: Trail photo added July 5.
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