Purple Line to Get Full $900 million Funding

Last week, a spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan said that the Purple Line is set to get full federal funding with an agreement signed “in the very near future,”

Gov. Larry Hogan and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao hammered out a deal following conversations on last Friday and Monday, according to reports. An agreement is expected to be signed next week, according to The Washington Post.


Earlier, President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal had put the future of the Purple Line at risk. If taht happened, local entities would be forced to pay for transportation-related items that did not have federal agreements.

If the agreement with the US Dept of Transportation is signed next week, construction begins this fall and wraps up in 2022 or 2023.

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2 Comments to “Purple Line to Get Full $900 million Funding”

  1. By DAK4Blizzard, August 25, 2017 @ 12:12 am

    I presume you got that “2022 or 2023” completion date from Rethink College Park, as I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere else. And if so, thank you, as it was me who wrote that timeline.

    Last year, the estimated timeline for opening was spring 2022, and that still seems to be used when a completion date is mentioned. However…. that was before US District Court Judge Richard Leon effectively halted construction. A year has passed, and so presumably the timeline will be pushed back at least several months if not over a year.

    I assume the timeline will be updated in the coming months, and then adjusted as necessary during construction. Maybe construction will finish faster than anticipated, making up for the delayed start time. But let’s keep in mind that such large projects rarely finish on time and are vulnerable to (among other things) weather impacts and delays in testing when construction wraps up. I think there’s a decent chance the line won’t open to customers until 2024. Hopefully I’m proven wrong; 6 years is long enough.

  2. By Fazlul Kabir, August 28, 2017 @ 6:53 am

    Dan, you are correct. Your analysis on the timeline makes sense. Thank you for sharing.