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Work will soon begin on the Metro’s new Purple Line, which, when finished, will give those working on Forest Glen Annex a new alternative for transportation to work. The Purple Line is a proposed 16-mile east-west Light Rail Transit line inside the Capital Beltway from New Carrollton in Prince George’s County to Bethesda in Montgomery County.

For those working on Forest Glen Annex the proposed Purple Line will give easy access to the facility via the Lyttonsville station near the main gate on Brookville Rd.

The Purple Line concept began in 1989, with Maryland beginning serious work in early 2008 when then-Gov. Martin O’Malley allocated $100 million necessary to complete design documents for state approval and funding.

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration, the Purple Line will connect the major central business districts and activity centers of Bethesda, Silver Spring, Takoma/Langley Park, College Park/University of Maryland, and New Carrollton. It will also provide direct connections to Metrorail at Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, and New Carrollton; linking the two branches of the Red, Green, and Orange lines.

Additionally, the new line will connect to all three MARC lines, Amtrak, and local bus routes, with 21 stations.

According to the Office of Maryland Transportation Secretary, the Purple Line is expected to cost about $2.2 billion, and will be financed through a combination of federal, state, local, and private funds.

According to the MTA, the Purple Line will address the growing congestion on the roads by providing an alternative to driving and providing more options to the large number of people in the area who already rely on transit.

Construction is set to begin in 2015, and the line is set to open in 2020.