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FOOTBALL PREVIEW HIGH SCHOOL A breakdown of all 30 Montgomery County teams, preseason rankings, and features. B-1 The Gazette GAITHERSBURG | MONTGOMERY VILLAGE DAILY UPDATES ONLINE PurpleLine IN THE PATH OF THE SOUNDING OFF Wednesday, August 28, 2013 A2020Vision WOODSIDE/16TH STREET STATION, 9:07 A.M. “It doesn’t make sense, to put all this in jeopardy for nothing,” said Babou Jobateh, as he stood outside the Jerry’s Subs he has owned for six years. Jobateh said he worked at the store for 20 years, until he had saved enough money to take out a loan and buy the franchise. He is there from open until close, seven days a week, and is hoping the Purple Line turns out to be just talk. DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE Austin Lee, owner of Spring Discount Beer & Wine on 16th Street in Silver Spring, will have to find another location when the Spring Center is demolished to make way for one of the Purple Line stations. A virtual ride n 16-MILE LIGHT RAIL LINE WILL LINK BETHESDA WITH NEW CARROLLTON BY JAMIE T ANFENSON-COMEAU AND KARA ROSE STAFF WRITERS he Purple Line has been on the books in Maryland for decades, but as 2020 looms, Purple Line planners and Montgomery County residents are hammering out the nitty-gritty details of exactly what this $2.2 billion light rail line will look like. The 16-mile line, which will link Bethesda with New Carrollton, will cross parts of both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, linking up with Metro stops and MARC train stations. The $2.2 billion price tag is to be divided among federal, state and local governments. The U.S. and Maryland governments each are expected to contribute about $900 million, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are expected to provide the remainder, said Leif Dormsjo, Maryland’s deputy secretary for transportation. State officials recently announced that $680 million was earmarked from the recently raised fuel tax for the project. The state also is pursuing a public-private partnership to help defray its costs. Besides being responsible for designing, constructing, operating and See PURPLE, Page A-13 Metro seeks solution for leaky Red Line tunnel n Temporary fixes in place since 2003 study BY 25 cents SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER Metro is seeking a solution to an age-old problem for Red Line stations in Montgomery County. Since the construction of the underground stations, water has infiltrated through bedrock cracks and into the transit system. Though drainage systems were originally built, an excessive amount of water is entering the 3-mile-long tunnel between the Medical Center and Friendship Heights stations. Aluminum tents have been attached to leaking cracks in the walls to divert water away from the tracks since at least 2003, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study. Now, with increasing ridership putting pressure on Metro’s maintenance efforts, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is seeking a long-term solution. When the stations were built, three pumping stations were installed in the area to address the issue. Unlike the See METRO, Page A-16 BY KARA ROSE, AGNES BLUM AND MARLENA CHERTOCK STAFF WRITERS MTA RENDERING A Purple Line light rail car pulls into the Bethesda station, as envisioned by the Maryland Transit Administration. ONLINE n For an interactive map of the Purple Line and more stories about the project, go to Bethesda Station, 9 a.m. The Purple Line station will be at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Elm Street, just outside the Regal Bethesda movie theater. Stairs or a high-speed See RIDE, Page A-13 Watkins Mill, Gaithersburg High open wellness centers n County department to help provide services on-site BY SYLVIA CARIGNAN STAFF WRITER Watkins Mill and Gaithersburg high schools are taking a new approach to students’ mental and physical health with help from Montgomery County. This school year, the Gaithersburg schools are opening their own School-Based Wellness Centers to give students medical care and counseling on-site. Watkins Mill High School’s wellness cen- NEWS NEWS New restaurants are serving up options in Gaithersburg, but some are moving to locations out of the city. County residents remember the historic 1963 March on Washington. A-4 A-8 EATIN’ GOOD IN GAITHERSBURG The Purple Line is a $2.2 billion light rail project that will cross 16 miles to connect Bethesda and New Carrollton, passing through many communities along the way. Take a virtual morning ride on the transit line from Bethesda to Takoma Park to see the project’s impact on Montgomery County. elevator will lead to the platform. The drop is too steep to allow for escalators. Trains will run every six minutes during peak hours, and 10 to 12 minutes during off-peak hours. As the above-ground train travels west toward Silver Spring, riders will be able to watch cyclists and runners on the adjacent 16-foot-wide Georgetown Branch Trail extension of the Capital Crescent Trail, separated from the rails by a fence. Formerly a freight rail line run by CSX, the line was purchased by Montgomery County in 1988 and preserved as a hikerbiker trail until it could be converted for future rail use. ter opened on the first day of schoolMonday, but Gaithersburg High School’s center will open in September. The wellness centers offer services for free, but students must enroll in the services and submit health information to be eligible. A wellness center’s services include physicals for the school’s athletics programs, sight and hearing screenings, lab and diagnostic tests, group therapy and one-on-one counseling. The wellness center services are separate from the typical health room found in public schools around the county. 50 YEARS LATER: A MARCH TO CELEBRATE See WELLNESS, Page A-16 Automotive Calendar Celebrations Classified Community News Entertainment Opinion School News Sports Please TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE School health-room aides Beth Jordan (left) and Cheryl Jones look over equipment Tuesday that will be installed at Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services’ new school-based wellness center suite at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg. B-17 A-2 B-12 B-14 A-4 A-17 A-14 B-11 B-1 RECYCLE Check out our Services Directory ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION 1906605

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