We hope you are finding some time to relax and recharge, especially after the year we have all just experienced. Purple Line NOW News will back in September after a short break, but rest assured, if there is any news to report over the next few weeks, we'll bring it to you pronto!
Thank you for all of your support during this tough time. We are encouraged to see progress happening throughout the corridor, despite the hurdles. Before we head out for a few weeks, we leave you with a lagniappe or two, as well as some progress photos from the MDOT MTA team.
Have a wonderful and safe rest of your summer!
A Brief Update from MDOT MTA
Last month, the Purple Line Project team briefed the Purple Line NOW board on project updates. The submission deadline for the three competitors to be the new Purple Line builder is now September 27. The concessionaire's preferred choice should be shared with Maryland in late October or early November, with the final choice anticipated to go before the Board of Public Works by early December. The new design-builder should then be operating in early 2022. In the meantime, Maryland remains busy with utility relocation and other work. We already reported on the good news on the Sleaford Road pedestrian underpass in our last newsletter, while in Prince George's County, the College Park bus loop is another key step the state is prioritizing to complete on its own. The completion of the Talbot Avenue bridge will await the new builder’s hiring.
Ending the Summer on a High Note (Fingers Crossed!)
The bipartisan infrastructure bill appears to be on the way to passage and it will bring good news for transit in our region. The bill includes funding for the Capital Improvement Grants that are the source of federal Purple Line funding. The bill also has provisions for a $150 million boost to Metrorail through 2030, including renewing the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act to bring funding stability. Finally, the bill reopens the door to the Baltimore Red Line by "ensuring consideration" of projects that had once earned Federal Transit Administration support.
You can read more in the Washington Post: Infrastructure bill would boost Metro funding, reopen door to Baltimore’s Red Line project
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Photos from Around the Corridor
Purple Line NOW would like to take a moment to thank the hardworking Purple Line Project team and their crews for their diligent and careful work during these hot summer months!