Leaders of county chambers of commerce have asked Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan to prioritize funds for the Purple Line light-rail project. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Business leaders in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties are urging Gov.-elect Larry Hogan to make the Purple Line light rail a priority for state funding.

In recent comments, though, Hogan has expressed singular focus on building roads over funding the public-private transit project, which will link Bethesda to New Carrollton, under tight budgetary constraints.

The leaders of the Chambers of Commerce in both counties signed and delivered the letter this week to Hogan, arguing that he would be investing “in the regional transportation network and economic strength of the Capital Region by keeping the Purple Line on schedule.”

The letter delineated their argument tying the transit line to the region’s future economic fortunes and transportation needs. In their view, the Purple Line is essential to attracting the FBI headquarters to Prince George’s and retaining federal employees.

Business leaders also contend the project will provide vast job and economic opportunities for the region and help it compete for future industries. Linking the University of Maryland to these opportunities is central to the vision that Georgette Godwin and David Harrington (presidents of both organizations) put forth in their letter.

But Hogan has said little in the way of positive endorsement for the 16-mile, $2.4 billion light rail line. He had said that his transportation priority for the state is to build and fix roads, adding that less than 10 percent of the state’s residents use mass transit.