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The Purple Line project includes the completion of the Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) between Bethesda and Silver Spring, the completion of the Green Trail along Wayne Avenue to Sligo Creek, and the construction of a bike path through the University of Maryland campus. Each of the hiker/bikers paths as well as community connection to the Capital Crescent Trail are detailed below. For more information about Biking along the Purple Line, please see our Biking with the Purple Line handout.

Capital Crescent Trail

  • The interim trail built in the former Georgetown Branch railroad right-of-way which currently extends between Bethesda and Stewart Avenue in Lyttonsville will be replaced by a 12-foot paved trail with 2-foot buffers that extends all the way into downtown Silver Spring.
  • The trail will be paved and landscaped with new formal access points from local neighborhoods.
  • The completed trail will include trail bridges over Connecticut Avenue and Colesville Road, and underpasses at Jones Mill Road, 16th Street, and Spring Street; making a safer trail for the public.
  • The completion of the trail into downtown Silver Spring will be a major enhancement of the local trail network, linking the Capital Crescent Trail, the Metropolitan Branch Trail and the Green Trail.

Silver Spring Green Trail

  • The Silver Spring Green Trail along Wayne Avenue will be completed between Sligo Creek Trail and Fenton Street.
  • This multi-use urban trail will connect with the Capital Crescent Trail and the Metropolitan Branch Trail within the Silver Spring Transit Center property.
  • The trail will be an eight-foot-wide paved path with 2 foot shoulders along with lighting in the area of trail connections and landscaping.

University of Maryland Campus Bike Path

  • A new bike path will be built along the Purple Line route through the campus of the University of Maryland.
  • This path will provide better and safer facilities for the large number of cyclists and pedestrians on campus, encouraging this environmentally-friendly transportation.