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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.


Purple Line opponents file third lawsuit over Maryland light-rail project

An environmental group says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued illegal permits allowing construction in streams and wetlands.


Purple Line will open a year late and delays will cost at least $215 million, contractor says

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State says negotiations are underway with the contractor to deliver the project in 2022.


As workers toil underground, Saint Barbara keeps watch

Workers on tunneling projects, including Maryland’s Purple Line and D.C. Water construction, keep statues of their patron saint close by.


Maryland awarded $2 million federal grant to get 16-mile corridor ‘prepared’ for Purple Line

State and local officials will study how to help people reach the light-rail line — and protect their homes and businesses from the higher rents it’s anticipated to bring.


Keith Haller, prominent Maryland pollster, dies at 70

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He used his encyclopedic knowledge of state politics to advance Democratic candidates as well as causes such as the construction of the Purple Line.


Man wanted on felony charge runs from police, crashes into cruiser

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The suspect drove away as police approached, causing minor injuries to one officer, police said.


Coming to College Park: Six years of roadwork and headaches on 1.4-mile stretch of Route 1

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Traffic disruptions will last longer than it will take to build and get the Purple Line running.


Purple Line construction noise that kept residents awake at night halted

The change came after a group of residents met with Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.


Maybe sleeplessness will motivate them

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Purple Line’s overnight tunneling leaves some residents desperate for sleep

Maryland officials say they’re sympathetic, but don’t plan to stop the loud, all-night work.