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2013: Make or Break Year for Purple Line

Planners are looking to win new federal funding for the project.

This year could decide the fate of the Purple Line, a light-rail project that will connect Montgomery and Prince George's County, WTOP reports.

"It is make-or-break time for the Purple Line and we are going to do everything in our power to get this project off of the paper and onto the rails," Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker told the station.

The $2.15 billion project needs funding from the Federal Transit Administration, and this year the FTA is handing out grants of up to $900 million.

But Maryland must be able to demonstrate that it can fund 40 to 50 perecent of the project, according to WTOP.

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BigDan January 04, 2013 at 02:47 AM
How about break? Seriously, 2 BILLION for something very few people will use? THIS is why the country is in so much debt. We are getting along fine without the Purple line. Let it die this year PLEASE. Even if Maryland funds HALF of that, where the heck is MD going to get that from? MORE illegal speed cameras? Jacking up the tax rate getting more people to leave this ghetto and leaving no one to ride the purple line? Politicians need to get over their bizarre love of public transportation.
Pachacutec January 04, 2013 at 02:06 PM
I agree in part with what you say; too, Metro can't even run the lines it has NOW without problems every single week, and they're going to have even MORE rail lines to worry about? O-kay....

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