The Purple Line is a proposed light-rail line which would circle and connect the region’s core communities inside the Capital Beltway, linking the spokes of the Metrorail system.
The first phase of the Purple Line is in Maryland from Bethesda to New Carrollton, with intermediate stops in Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Langley Park, Riverdale, and the University of Maryland. Another important connection could tie Alexandria with National Harbor, Oxon Hill, and Branch Avenue in Prince George’s County. To date, Virginia officials have failed to pursue the Purple Line, which would connect Springfield, Annandale, Merrifield, and Tysons with Montgomery County. Recently, Fairfax officials met with their counterparts in Montgomery to discuss transit connections at the American Legion Bridge and they are also studying new transit networks for the county.