O’Malley announces $69 million in Purple Line spending

Posted

The Purple Line’s rising price tag — officials estimated the project would cost $1.5 billion two years ago — has critics second-guessing the need to spend millions of dollars in state funds on a rail project that will require millions more in federal funding to complete. “The state needs to look at their priorities,” said Ajay Bhatt, president of the Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail, a group that opposes the light rail. “They’re basically throwing money away over the next two years on a project that they can’t afford.”
Some local officials, including Chevy Chase Councilwoman Patricia Burda, would prefer an express bus line, an option she said comes with a more realistic price tag. “With all the projects that are on the table right now, and the state of the state and the counties’ finances, this seems like it’s good money after bad,” Burda said.

Editorial: Forget light rail, Purple Line should be bus rapid transit

Posted

County Executive Ike Leggett recently admitted that Montgomery cannot afford the Purple Line in its current configuration. The latest estimate for the 16-mile light rail line from New Carrollton to Bethesda is now up to $1.93 billion and county officials who still expect the debt-ridden federal government to pick up half the tab will be waiting a very long time. Devotees of the popular Capital Crescent Trail are vehemently opposed to it and even Leggett has suggested that private funds will be necessary to complete the Purple Line within the next 10 years.