Purple Line to run along six-lane highway, causing safety concerns

The Purple line, set to run from Bethesda to New Carrolton, will run above ground, and in many cases, along busy, six-lane highways, posing the greatest safety challenge for project architects, reports WAMU.

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A mock-up of a proposed Purple Line station. (Photo: MTA)

The new metro line, which will run in Maryland, already faces rising costs for the project. Mike Madden, the project’s manager at the Maryland Transit Administration, is working to design the rail in a way that’s safe for passengers, drivers, and pedestrians.

“We need to make sure that people standing on a platform that’s in the roadway are safe, that they’re not going to go out into traffic,” Madden says. “We need to very much direct the pedestrian flows.”

via WAMU

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