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Council Urges State to Ensure Project Moves Forward
The Prince George’s County Council has unanimously supported a letter to Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Secretary Gregory Slater, urging successful negotiations between the State, Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) and Purple Line Transit Constructors (PLTC). The letter follows a threat by the Purple Line Transit Constructors to walk away from the project due to delays and cost overruns.
The letter states, in part, “The County Council is anxious to see forward progress on negotiations between the State and Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) as well as Purple Line Transit Constructors (PLTC).” It continues, “As you are aware, there is significant jobs and local contracting is tied to this project. Moreover, the project once completed will spur economic growth and connect communities to jobs and economic mobility. Already businesses and developers are making decisions based on the project moving to completion. Construction has already disrupted small businesses and residential neighborhoods along the corridor and any further delay will jeopardize the promise the State made to these communities and Prince George’s County when this P3 project was first launched. An incomplete project will be an eyesore in communities and will depress neighborhoods whose working-class residents only seek upward mobility and enhanced transportation options.”
Council Chair Todd M. Turner (D – District 4), said Purple Line Transit Constructors’ threat to walk away from the Purple Line Project is a serious concern for the Council and Prince George’s County.
“Completion of the Purple Line is vital for the economic wellbeing and transportation needs of not only Prince George’s County residents, but our neighbors in the region and the State. Tremendous investments of time and resources have been made, and project delays would prove costly to taxpayers; harmful to surrounding communities and businesses; and unfair to residents. The Council is committed to seeing this project to completion and it is important that the Council formally express these concerns to Secretary Slater.”
The Purple Line, currently under construction, is a 16-mile light rail that will directly address mobility and accessibility issues in the corridor between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. It will connect to MARC, Amtrak and local bus service. Additionally, it will provide connections to major activity centers in the region including the University of Maryland and its research center in Silver Spring.