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Purple Line RFP Released.

State of Maryland Seeking a Private Partner
to Build and Operate the Purple Line.

On July 29, 2014 The Maryland Department of Transportation / Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT/MTA) announced the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Purple Line. MDOT/MTA is seeking to select a private-sector team to design, build, construct, finance, operate and maintain the Purple Line during a 35-year contract term. Four teams, short-listed by MDOT/MTA in January, are eligible to submit proposals due on January 9, 2015.

From the MDOT/MTA Press Release:

"This is a significant milestone towards construction of the Purple Line, which will help us grow our economy, create jobs for Maryland's workers, and strengthen communities in Prince George's and Montgomery counties," said Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown. "Building the Purple Line as a public-private partnership will allow us to continue our commitment to fiscally responsible budgeting while using the knowledge and skills of the private sector to expand our transportation infrastructure."

The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line will run east-west inside the Capital Beltway between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George's County with 21 stations planned that will provide direct connections to Metrorail's Orange Line, Green Line and two branches of the Red Line, and the MARC Brunswick, Camden and Penn Lines. Estimated ridership by 2040 is expected to be more than 74,000 riders a day.

"The Greater Washington Board of Trade applauds the O'Malley-Brown Administration for continuing to advance the Purple Line," said Jim Dinegar, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. "The Purple Line is one of the Board of Trade's top transportation priorities as it will link important development centers inside the Beltway and provide a great commuting option that will attract new businesses and employees."

Following RFP proposal submissions on January 9, 2015, MDOT/MTA will select a preferred partner in Spring 2015 and recommend the final agreement to the Board of Public Works for its review and approval. Construction would start later that year. The primary RFP documents can be found at www.purplelinemd.com under Public-Private Partnerships.

Thank you to all of the many organizations and individuals who support
Purple Line NOW!, and especially to these recent, high level donors:

Barbara Sanders

Greg Sanders & Kate Malloy

Purple Line NOW!
P.O. Box 7074
Silver Spring, MD 20907-7074

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Because Purple Line NOW! is a social welfare organization, and not a charitable organization, contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes as charitable contributions.

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