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Montgomery, Prince George’s leaders to make their final plea for Purple Line

Map of the Purple Line route through Silver Spring and Langley Park. (Gene Thorp/The Washington Post)

The top political leaders of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties will meet Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) next Thursday to make a final plea for the light-rail Purple Line, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Thursday.

Miller (D-Calvert), who said he arranged the meeting, said Hogan told him he would make a decision on the Purple Line within two weeks.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker (D) asked for the meeting because they were concerned Hogan was preparing to kill the project, Miller said.

They were worried about the project because Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn had indicated in meetings with county officials that the governor was “very skeptical” of the project and support for it was “very tentative,” Miller said.

Miller said Leggett and Baker asked him Wednesday to seek the meeting with the governor. Miller spoke to Hogan Wednesday evening, and the governor agreed to meet.

Miller, a strong Purple Line backer, said Hogan invited him to join the meeting, but he declined. He said he was “fairly confident” that Hogan would ultimately back the project because of the economic benefits to the state’s two largest counties.