Purple Line Project

Montgomery And Prince Georges Counties, Maryland

Cultural Resource Study And Project Coordination


Dovetail Cultural Resource Group is currently completing cultural resource studies for the proposed 16-mile Purple Line project running from Bethesda, Maryland to New Carrolton, Maryland. This involves construction of new location in multiple areas for the rail line as well as construction of proposed station locations. Dovetail’s cultural resource responsibilities to date include:

  • Archival research
  • Architectural analysis
  • Crafting Architectural Determinations of Eligibility (DOE)
  • Phase IB archaeological study of the corridor
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) field data collection
  • Production of cultural resource GIS layers, coordinating geomorphological studies, and technical report production.

Dovetail has also authored the project effect document with a historical narrative and an analysis of effect on 30 eligible resources within the project corridor including buildings, districts, sites, and structures. This document, along with DOEs, reports, and GIS data, has required coordination with all involved local, state, and federal agencies, including the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), the Maryland Transit Authority, the Federal Transit Authority, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

This extensive light rail project also requires coordination with a number of consulting parties, including

  • Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
  • National Park Service
  • University of Maryland
  • Other consulting firms, and numerous communities, individuals, and agencies who have a vested interest in this corridor.

It is anticipated that the project will be done on time and within budget.