Governor Says First Part of Purple Line is Installed

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday that the first part of the Purple Line has been laid. 

“In Maryland we are proud to be setting an example for the rest of the nation and the Purple Line is at the heart of our state’s infrastructure success story,” he said. 

The $5.6 billion project is the largest public-private transit project in North America. Gov. Hogan said that since construction began, builders were leveling land, moving utilities and tunneling, and have now installed the first parts of the track. 

The 16-mile light rail will run from New Carrollton in Prince George’s County to Bethesda. The line will have 21 stations connecting to the Orange, Green and Red lines in the Metrorail system, as well as several MARC train lines and one Amtrak line at New Carrollton. 

Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass tweeted about the installation. He expressed his excitement about the Purple Line, but also his disappointment that local officials, like himself, weren’t invited to the event. 

“After all, we’re paying for the project too,” the tweet concluded. 

According to the Purple Line’s Instagram page, all University of Maryland (UMD) students, staff and faculty can ride the line for free at five UMD stops. 

 Gov. Hogan broke ground for the Purple Line almost two years ago.

  • Courtesy of Maryland Governor's Office

  • Courtesy of Maryland Governor's Office

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a broadcast journalism major at the University of Maryland and an intern at Montgomery Community Media. She graduates in December and wants to be a television reporter. She previously interned at WBAL-TV 11 and was a reporter for Capital News Service. Maryam loves videography and always says the movie is better than the book. She can be reached at mshahzad@mymcmedia.org or on Twitter @maryamUMD.

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