Dear Purple Line Community Stakeholder,
Earlier this year, Maryland Governor Hogan called for the MDOT/MTA team to conduct a thorough review of the Purple Line to find ways to reduce project costs. As a result, some requirements have been reduced to provide more flexibility, encourage greater innovation, and achieve cost savings; details can be found here. Ultimately, we believe this approach will help us deliver a more cost-efficient light rail system while still providing quality service and honoring commitments made to Purple Line communities. Today, light rail is flourishing in cities throughout the country, and Governor Hogan’s announcement on June 25th that the Purple Line would move forward represents a major milestone for the project.
Over the past thirteen years working on the project, MTA’s Purple Line team has attended hundreds of public meetings and events. It has always been the support of the communities in the Purple Line corridor that has spurred the project forward and we want to take the time to acknowledge that effort and say, “Thank You” as we move closer to bringing this vital new transit option to your community and to the region.
You can expect to hear about progress on the project in the months ahead including the selection of a concessionaire who will complete design, carry out construction, and ultimately operate and maintain the 16-mile Purple Line. We are also planning to roll out Community Advisory Teams to continue sharing important project information with neighboring communities. Please remain engaged with the project by participating in public meetings, visiting our website, signing up for our mailing list and following us on social media. Also, look for the Purple Line team at your local community events.
Purple Line Deputy Project Director
Maryland Transit Administration