Montgomery Approves Purple Line Construction On County Property

The Montgomery County Council granted legal approval Tuesday for the state to build and operate the Purple Line on county-owned land. The franchise agreement has a term of 70 years and authorizes the state to build, operate and maintain the project in county right-of-way. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reinstated … Continue reading Montgomery Approves Purple Line Construction On County Property

Purple Line Back On Track

Finally, the Purple Line gets some forward movement. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reinstated the project’s Record of Decision yesterday, overturning U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon’s prior revocation and allowing the project to move forward while litigation ensues. The Record of Decision is an environmental approval necessary for the state and federal … Continue reading Purple Line Back On Track

State Suspends Purple Line Work 

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is scaling back work on the Purple Line so long as the project is held up in court, reports The Washington Post. MDOT has told Purple Line Transit Partners, the project’s contractor, to stop executing new construction contracts, procuring certain materials and equipment, and hiring new staff. MDOT also … Continue reading State Suspends Purple Line Work 

Purple Line Takes Yet Another Blow

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon issued an opinion on Monday, May 22 further delaying activity on the Purple Line until the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) completes another environmental review of the project. Reports Bethesda Magazine:  The ruling in the long-running court case seems likely to result in further construction delays—and possible cancellation of the project—and could … Continue reading Purple Line Takes Yet Another Blow

County Leaders: Move Purple Line Along, Already

About 100 activists and elected officials from Prince George’s and Montgomery counties gathered in Silver Spring on May 2 to call on U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon to move the Purple Line forward. Last August, Leon postponed the project and ordered updated projections to account for WMATA’s “deterioration and declining ridership.” The delay has stopped the project in … Continue reading County Leaders: Move Purple Line Along, Already

FTA: Judge Should Reconsider Purple Line Delay

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) filed a motion for U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon to reconsider his ruling that the Purple Line Record of Decision be set aside until the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) recalculates ridership projections. On August 3, Leon ordered MTA to update its projections to account for WMATA’s “deterioration and declining ridership,” and … Continue reading FTA: Judge Should Reconsider Purple Line Delay

Purple Line Hits Road Block

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon ruled yesterday that the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) provide updated ridership forecasts for the Purple Line, to account for Metro’s deterioration and declining ridership. According to the Washington Post, Leon said he couldn’t ‘turn a blind eye to the recent extraordinary events involving seemingly endless Metrorail breakdowns and safety … Continue reading Purple Line Hits Road Block

Purple Line Shows Federal Government Remains Viable Infrastructure Funding Partner

A National Association of Counties (NACo) County News article (2016-05-28) explored the important role the federal government can play in funding major local infrastructure projects by highlighting federal assistance for the Purple Line. From the article: The Purple Line light rail project between Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s counties couldn’t happen without the federal government’s investment, … Continue reading Purple Line Shows Federal Government Remains Viable Infrastructure Funding Partner

Montgomery and Prince George’s Planning Chairs Push for Purple Line

The Chairs of the Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties planning boards recently sent a letter to Governor-Elect Hogan urging him to move forward with the Purple Line light rail project. As reported by the Bethesda Beat, The letter to Hogan from Montgomery County Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson and Prince George’s County Planning Board Chair … Continue reading Montgomery and Prince George’s Planning Chairs Push for Purple Line

MDOT Releases Bid To Build Purple Line

As reported by the Washington Post, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently released its bid solicitation for the Purple Line light rail project. According to the article, Four teams of private companies will have until Jan. 9 to submit their proposals for a 35-year public-private partnership in which the companies would design, build, operate, … Continue reading MDOT Releases Bid To Build Purple Line