Group objects to trail closure for Purple Line work

BETHESDA, Md. – Fans of the popular Georgetown Branch Trail in Montgomery County are hoping they don’t lose their walking and biking resource for the next five years.

On Tuesday, construction is set to begin on the Purple Line project which will connect Montgomery County to Prince George’s County by rail. The 19-mile project will close the trail for safety reasons.

A grassroots group called Save Our Trails is trying desperately to block that closure. They held a rally on Monday and have started a petition intended for Governor Larry Hogan to stop any deforestation until the the project clears all judicial and environmental hurdles that lay before it.

Group members have also tried to convince more people to contact Congress about their objections.