AOBA Among Business Groups Supporting Construction of Purple Line

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan agreed to move ahead with the Purple Line light rail project, while leaving questions about financing the scaled back project. The long-studied Purple Line would be a 16-mile east-west transit system with 21 stations , connecting Bethesda with New Carrollton. AOBA is among many business groups supporting construction of the project.

The Governor’s Purple Line decision was announced as part of a press conference unveiling nearly $2 billion in highway, bridge and transit projects throughout the state. Hogan projected that the state share of the Purple Line’s costs could be trimmed from $700 million to $168 million through contractor savings and a more cost effective design, including altering train frequency, buying fewer cars and eliminating one of two car staging areas.

The Governor would also require Montgomery and Prince George’s counties to increase their contribution to building the Purple Line. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett praised the Governor’s decision and expressed optimism that the county contribution could be resolved. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker responded more cautiously, praising the announcement, but baulking at additional county contributions.