We’re seeing purple!
And soon, folks who live between New Carrollton and Bethesda will be, too.
The much-discussed and long-awaited Purple Line is finally on schedule to begin construction.
“After eight months of hard work and tough negotiating, the Maryland Department of Transportation has met all three of the needed requirements and delivered a cost-effective Purple Line with a strong commitment from our federal, county and private partners,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. According to a news release, the three requirements Hogan is referring to are additional financial support from local governments, reserved federal funding and aggressive pricing from the successful team.
Purple Line Transit Partners has been tasked with constructing the transit system that is set to connect Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. With 21 stations planned along the 16.2-mile-long route, New Carrollton, College Park, Silver Spring and Bethesda will all serve as direct connection hubs for the Metrorail Green, Orange and Red Lines. MARC, Amtrak and local bus services will also be connected.
Hogan green lit the construction in June — then proceeded to drastically cut the state’s share of the $700 million cost to an insane $168 million, according to the Washington Post. Now, the state has gotten Purple Line Transit Partners to agree to $159.8 million upfront, and PG and Montgomery countries have pledged a total of $330 million combined in cash and non-cash contributions. The federal government also set aside about $900 million for the line’s funding, and savings will come from other sources as well.
If all goes well, the contract should close in June — a year after being initially approved — and construction is set to begin later this year. With all of that said and done, provided nothing else goes south, DMV residents should be riding the newest Metro line by spring 2022.
—McEnearney Associates, D.C. Metro’s Purple Line set to begin construction
The Reston Home Depot (1651 Reston Pkwy.) will offer a kids hands-on workshop from 9 a.m. to noon April 2 where participants can build a butterfly house to welcome some fluttering insect friends after a long winter. After the butterfly house is built, your child can decorate their project with paint. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. FREE. Register here.
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