The Purple Line will offer commuters a light rail alternative to sitting in traffic on the Capital Beltway and other east-west roads.
- Suburban Maryland is not served by any east-west rail system.
- The Maryland portion of the Capital Beltway is regularly congested, and commuters have no alternative but to clog local roads.
- Light rail is more effective in attracting passengers than other transportation alternatives such as bus rapid transit (BRT).
- The Purple Line would increase the accessibility of jobs in Bethesda, Silver Spring, and College Park (University of Maryland).