Decision Leaves Residents without Essential Regional Transportation Connection and Jobs
Prince George’s County Council Chair Derrick L. Davis (D) – District 6 says Monday’s Purple Line ruling was a disappointing decision that will result in costly construction delays that threaten the local economy.
“The planned Purple Line project will provide even greater access to jobs and economic mobility for Prince George’s County residents, as well as critical transportation connections across the region. While Monday’s ruling threatens to stall this vital project, the Council applauds the State’s commitment to ensuring the Purple Line project continues to move forward. The unwarranted delays are costly to taxpayers; harmful to surrounding communities; and unfair to residents that rely on public transportation. We look forward to a swift resolution so construction on the planned Purple Line can begin.”
Prince George’s County Council Vice Chair Dannielle Glaros (D) – District 3 and Council Member Deni Taveras (D) – District 2, also expressed extreme disappointment in Monday’s decision. Eleven of the Purple Line’s proposed 21 stops are in Council Districts 3 and 2, represented by Vice Chair Glaros and Council Member Taveras respectively.
“This ruling has allowed individual private interests to block the public interests of smart development,” said Vice Chair Glaros. “More importantly, it will deprive access and opportunity for thousands of residents. This decision is beyond disappointing and I look forward to a successful appeal by the state. We remain committed to moving this important infrastructure project forward.”
“The Purple Line is poised to spur unprecedented opportunities for economic growth and development along its corridor while serving as a vital east-west transportation link for local and regional commuters,” said Council Member Taveras. “Additional delays stall economic growth and access to jobs – our residents deserve better.”