Purple Line Transit System | Maryland

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Formally proposed in 2003, the 16-mile light rail transit project would connect New Carrollton and Bethesda, Maryland, providing environmentally-friendly transit for an estimated 70,000 daily riders and leading to a 17,000 fewer vehicles on local roads.


Agency: Federal Transit Administration

Project Delay: 14 years

Status: after years of delays and legal challenges, a 2017 court decision rejected NEPA-based challenges to the project.

If plaintiffs or courts can upend the culmination of the onerous NEPA process for economic or policy reasons having nothing to do with the environment, the ensuing uncertainty and delay would discourage public and private investment needed to rebuild and improve the country’s transportation infrastructure.” – American Road and Transportation Builders

“The Purple Line will bring thousands of jobs to the region, attract new residents and businesses to Prince George’s and Montgomery counties and help meet the demand for high-quality, reliable east-west transit service inside the Capital Beltway.” – Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown.