Judge Delays Decision on Trail Closed for Purple Line Construction

A judge has delayed a key decision on the Georgetown Branch Trail that was closed for Purple Line construction.

Purple Line opponents filed a temporary restraining order earlier in the week to stop construction workers from removing any trees along the trail and asked that parts of the trail be reopened.

Judge Richard Leon was expected to rule on the order on Friday but ordered that the ruling be delayed until a hearing on Sept. 19.

Leon said delaying the ruling "will allow the court to assess the complicated jurisdictional questions presented in this case."

Georgetown Branch Trail was closed for Purple Line construction on Tuesday. Purple Line officials have said the trail will close for four to five years between Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda and Talbot Avenue in Silver Spring.

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