Letter

The MARC-Purple Line shell game

(N/A / Purple Line Transit Partners)

Article

Maryland board approves $5.6 billion Purple Line contract

(Denise Lu, Katherine Shaver and Laris Karklis)

The public-private partnership covers six years of construction and 30 years of operation of the line.

Article

Maryland will use MARC fare revenue to pay Purple Line debt, officials say

(Maryland Transit Administration / Maryland Transit Administration)

State officials say the commuter rail line will be funded with other money and service won’t change.

10 facts about the proposed Maryland Purple Line deal

How much will it cost to ride? Where would construction start? We read the fine print so you don’t have to.

Residents object to Montgomery County ceding roads to state for Purple Line

Some Silver Spring residents say they worry they’ve lost their leverage to mitigate impacts from the light-rail line’s construction.

Letter

The Purple Line is a con job

Article

Determining if the Purple Line contract is a good deal isn’t easy

(Maryland Transit Administration / Maryland Transit Administration)

The complex light-rail contract probably won’t get much public scrutiny before approval.

Article

Maryland asks Montgomery County for $13.8 million more for Purple Line projects

(Courtesy of Maryland Transit Administration / Courtesy of Maryland Transit Administration)

The additional money would cover cost escalations on a light-rail connection to the Metro system.

Article

Maryland chooses private team to build, operate light-rail Purple Line

(Gene Thorp)

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) says it will cost $3.3 billion to build and operate line for 36 years.

Article

Purple Line bid includes trains from firm that made Metro’s ‘least reliable’ cars

(Maryland Transit Administration / Maryland Transit Administration)

Spanish company also has been faulted for missed deadlines and failing to meet specifications.