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Purple Line Design Will Stop if Maryland Doesn't Get More Transpo Funding

Thursday, February 07, 2013 - 02:13 PM

The proposed Purple Line Route (image via Maryland Transit Administration)

(Washington, D.C. - WAMU) Local officials are asking Maryland's Department of Transportation not to divert funding from the Purple Line, the proposed light rail line that would connect Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

The agency is considering reallocating $41 million dollars in Purple Line design funding to other sources if state lawmakers fail to pass a transportation revenue increase in this legislative session. The move would  put the rail project on hold, which would be "unacceptable," according to Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro. She sent a letter voicing her concerns to MDOT's acting secretary this week.

"Montgomery County, specifically, is relying on these projects to continue our economic development strategies through our different redevelopment projects," Navarro says. "Many of the redevelopment projects that we have already adopted, all the master plans that we have adopted will mostly likely not be realized."

MDOT agrees, says agency spokesman Jack Cahalan -- which is why it believes the legislature should approve more money.

"The bottom line is, without a revenue increase, the state will simply not have the money to construct any new highway or transit projects," says Cahalan. "That's the reality."

The 16-mile Purple Line carries a $2.4 billion dollar price tag. Montgomery County officials say engineering funding for the Corridor Cities Transitway, a proposed bus rapid transit system, is also on the line.

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Comments [1]

Mark Western

Please stop this nonsensical project!! And stop calling it the Purple Line - that was the name of a project that made sense and should have been more thoroughly studied. The current 'Purple Line' is a fall back plan from what was initially planned and has not even been properly researched - not a single citizen was ever asked if they would use it??!!

How Navarro can call the Purple Line as it stands part of a 'strategy' is frightening!! How can a strategy be built on no meaningful/incomplete data?? It can't, that is called a 'guess' - please don't guess anymore with millions of taxpayer $$s!!

Please get some people involved who know what the heck they are doing and don't waste any more time or money on projects like this with no sound research or analysis behind their value.

Feb. 08 2013 08:21 AM

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