Following a ceremonial signing with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao for the federal government’s $900 million Full-Funding Grant Agreement, Governor Larry Hogan started demolition to make way for the new Purple Line Operations Center and begin construction on the long-awaited Purple Line. Governor Hogan and Secretary Chao were joined by Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Secretary Pete K. Rahn, MDOT Maryland Transit Administrator Kevin Quinn, Purple Line Transit Partners officials, Senator Chris Van Hollen, Congressman Anthony Brown, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, as well as other state and local elected officials and Purple Line advocates. The Purple Line light rail project will run from New Carrollton in Prince George’s County to Bethesda in Montgomery County.
“The Purple Line project will be an important economic driver for Maryland, ” said Governor Hogan . “It will integrate seamlessly with our current transit systems, combining Metro and Amtrak, to provide more transit options across the region. Just the construction alone will mean thousands of new jobs for Marylanders.
“This multi-billion dollar infrastructure project is a big win for the State of Maryland, and will be a major benefit to the National Capital Region. It is a shining example of what can be accomplished when our federal, state, county, and private sector partners work together.”
“The Purple Line is a great example of what can be achieved when federal, state, and private partners work together,” said Secretary Chao.
The Maryland Department of Transportation officials signed the $5.6 billion P3 contract in April 2016 with the Purple Line Transit Partners to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the 16-mile light rail system from Bethesda to New Carrollton. The Purple Line will run east-west inside the Capital Beltway, with 21 stations connecting to: Metrorail’s Orange, Green, and Red lines; the MARC Brunswick, Camden, and Penn lines; and Amtrak at New Carrollton. Since April 2016, MDOT has secured all non-federal financing, continued designing the project, acquired real estate, and secured permits.
“Without the leadership of Governor Hogan, we would not be standing here today making the Purple Line a reality,” said Secretary Rahn. “The Purple Line will be Governor Hogan’s legacy project that generations to come will use to connect them to life’s opportunities throughout the National Capital Region.”
“We are pleased to join with Governor Hogan and the leaders of the State of Maryland to provide an innovative transportation solution to deliver this long-planned link between Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties,” said Jane Garvey, Chairman, Purple Line Transit Partners. “Our partnership will deliver critical transportation infrastructure that will spur economic growth and expand access for residents throughout the corridor.”
To complement state funding and federal funding for the project, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties have pledged a combined $330 million in cash and non-cash contributions for the project. The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration is overseeing the Purple Line construction project. For more information on the Purple Line, please visit www.purplelinemd.com.