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Purple Line Construction

Starting Sunday, January 5, 2020 there will be changes to bus stop locations and schedule changes around the Silver Spring Transit Center. Please click on third link below for specific information.

The Purple Line Construction is a project that is managed by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), and is currently underway. Most questions about the project can be answered by visiting the web sites below. Please be sure to click on the various links for time frames; constructions updates and critical matters; how to sign up for construction notices and how to contact MTA.

As a result of the construction, the Interim Georgetown Branch Trail will close on September 5, 2017 for approximately four to five years, as it will not be safe to use the trail. Questions about the construction schedule should be referred to Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) on the MTA site below.

An alternate bike trail is currently routed along Jones Bridge Road, although other alternate routes may be opened up as approval is granted by local jurisdictions. The interim Georgetown Branch Trail runs along streets with vehicular traffic as currently there are no comparable off street routes between Bethesda and Silver Spring. It is recommended that recreational users seeking an off street experience consider other trails such as the Rock Creek Trail or Capital Crescent Trail. For more information please check the second link below for the County's Bike Map, (or download app from an iPhone - Apple's App Store).

For questions or comments about the alternate detour route for the Interim Georgetown Branch Trail, please contact: Pat Shepherd, Montgomery County Department of Transportation Bikeways Coordinator at: 240.777.7223, or via email:

Find more information from the following link(s):
To speak with a Customer Service Representative, please call 311 during business hours.

Last Updated: 01/08/2020 13:49:54