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Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail v. Federal Transit Administration

ELR Citation: 49 ELR 20038
Nos. 17-1811 (RJL), (D.D.C., 03/05/2019) (Leon, J.)

A district court granted federal and state transportation agencies' motion to dismiss a nonprofit group's challenge to a light rail project, known as the Purple Line project, that would connect suburban Maryland commuters to existing transit stations that connect to Washington, D.C. The group argued that the agencies violated the APA and the Federal Transit Act by funding and beginning construction on the project. But the court found the group's alleged environmental injuries fell outside the "zone of interests" of these statutes because none of the purposes for which the statutes' provisions were enacted related to preserving the environment. The court therefore granted the agencies' motion to dismiss.