The Big Story

Maryland’s Purple Line Plan

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The 16-mile Purple Line, which would run between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County, is designed to provide faster and more-reliable east-west transit than buses and connect Maryland’s spokes of the Metrorail system with neighborhoods, MARC commuter rail stations and Amtrak stations.


Can we unmake Metro’s mess?

(Michael Robinson Chavez / The Washington Post)


Mr. Hogan’s Purple Line gamble

(Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

The light-rail transit project is worth building, but its shaky finances are a risk for Marylanders down the line.


The MARC-Purple Line shell game

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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.


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.


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.


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

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