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Maryland Board of Public Works advancing Purple Line construction

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On April 27, 2016

The Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously decided to advance construction of the Purple Line, with its approval of the $5.6 billion, 36-year contract with Purple Line Transit Partners, to design, build, operate and maintain the light rail system. This state and county procurement opportunity, utilizing the P3 approach, will follow state and local business practices for small and minority businesses.

The Prince George’s County Council is working to create walkable, vibrant communities with a mix of housing, jobs and retail, especially around the county’s 15 metro stations and now, the additional Purple Line stations. This work includes developing a premier network of transportation choices so residents can reach their destinations easily and safely, and attract transit-oriented development.

The Purple Line, a transformative project which will link communities and job centers together, is Prince George’s County’s number one transit priority. Project construction is slated to begin in New Carrollton and the principal operations center for the Purple Line will be in Prince George’s County. The Purple Line, expected to open in 2022, will spur unprecedented opportunities for economic growth and development along its corridor, while serving as a viable east-west transportation link for local and regional commuters.

Moving this project forward is among the County Council’s 2016 legislative priorities, and as the Maryland General Assembly legislative session prepares to come to a close, the decision by the Maryland Board of Public Works signals yet another major step toward achieving that goal together.

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