Group asks for injunction against Purple Line
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
One day after a popular trail closed as part of work on the Purple Line, a community group is asking a judge for an injunction to stop the work.
ABC7's Brianne Carter reports the ruling on a temporary restraining order will happen on Friday.
If granted, tree cutting along the popular Georgetown Branch Trail would be delayed for at least 14 days.
Maryland transportation officials said Wednesday large tree cutting along the trail is currently slated to begin the week of September 18.
In court, Judge Richard Leon asked the state to outline how much it would cost to push that back by a week.
The two sides still have an ongoing case over the Purple Line in the Court of Appeals.
Leon told the plaintiffs Wednesday the new arguments to delay or stop the project are a "stretch."
But he set a hearing date for later this month for a preliminary injunction in the case, which could prevent tree cutting while that legal limbo in the Court of Appeals continues to play out.