Purple Line Trail/Capital Crescent Trail Extension

Purple Line Trail/Capital Crescent Trail Extension

This project will extend the Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) southeast from downtown Bethesda to downtown Silver Spring at Silver Spring Transit Center. The extension of the CCT will parallel the under-construction Purple Line light rail tracks and include the trail segment formerly known as the Georgetown Branch Trail. The Purple Line Trail will provide a seamless connection between the Metropolitan Branch Trail (once extended to Silver Spring Transit Center) and the existing Capital Crescent Trail.

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Quick Facts

Jurisdiction: Montgomery County, MD
Length: 4.3 miles remaining
Plan Reference: Montgomery County Master Plan, Purple Line Plan
Status: Funded

This trail will serve the region at-large by filling a gap in the National Capital Trail, and connect local neighborhoods to public transit, businesses, and services in downtown Silver Spring and Bethesda.

Where is this project in the trail network?

The Purple Line Trail/CCT Extension is highlighted in red. Click below to view the interactive web map.

When can you use it?

Trail development is complicated. Here’s where the Purple Line Trail is in the process:

Who supports the Purple Line Trail?

“Biking to work on low-stress routes is a great way to add exercise to your day. Once the Purple Line project connects the Capital Crescent trail to Silver Spring, I will be able to ride all the way to my office on a beautiful, car-free route. We need more trails like this one to create a safe network that connects cyclists and pedestrians to the places they want to go in the DMV.”

—Allan Hutchison-Maxwell, Silver Spring resident


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