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Purple Line NOW News - April 12, 2023

In today's edition of Purple Line NOW News, here's what you'll find:

  • What's Happening at PLN?
    • Are You a Purple Line NOW Donor?
  • Happening Along the Purple Line Corridor
    • Maryland’s WMATA Headquarters Open at New Carrollton
  • Construction Updates and Project Features
    • 2026 Opening for Purple Line Confirmed
    • OMF Progress

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What' Happening


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Features and Highlights


Maryland’s WMATA Headquarters Open at New Carrollton

In a Twitter video release, Maryland’s Governor Wes Moore celebrated the opening of the Metro Building at the New Carrollton station which will house a variety of businesses and organizations, along with the Maryland WMATA Headquarters, including 1,200 WMATA employees. According to a press release issued by WMATA, the ribbon-cutting ceremony that brought together the Governor along with many other elected officials, the building “marks the continued transformation of New Carrollton as a transit-accessible hub for office space, housing, and retail.”

Construction Updates


2026 Opening for Purple Line Confirmed

In January of this year, the Washington Post reported that the project could sustain yet another hurdle, pushing opening day for passenger service into mid-2027. (K. Shaver. “Maryland’s Purple Line construction faces another seven-month delay.” Washington Post, 19 January 2023.) Just last week, however, we were delighted to learn that the project is instead on target to open in fall 2026! (G. Bixby. “Purple Line slightly less delayed, on target to open in fall 2026, spokesperson says.” MoCo360, 5 April 2023.)

OMF Progress

It has been amazing to watch the Operations and Maintenance Facility come to life over the past few years. On their Twitter feed, MDOT says that their crews have installed track in the wash bay and poured the concrete to embed the track. The facility will be used to service and store the 140-foot vehicles when they arrive.

Photos From Around the Corridor

Photo Courtesy: MDOT MTA

Photo Courtesy: MDOT MTA

Photo Courtesy: MDOT MTA

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