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National Capital Purple Line Capital Investment Program Project Profiles: FY 2017

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) proposes to build a light rail transit (LRT) line between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County passing through Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Langley Park, College Park, the University of Maryland, and Riverdale. The project crosses several major arterial roadways and existing radial transit routes that travel between suburban Maryland and Washington, DC, inside the National Capital Beltway (Interstate 495). The project includes approximately four miles of semi-exclusive guideway on the Georgetown Branch right-of-way, a former freight railroad line between Bethesda and Silver Spring, approximately 0.7 miles of elevated guideway, and approximately 0.2 miles of tunnel. The project includes 16 at-grade stations, three elevated stations, and two below-grade stations; the purchase of 46 light rail vehicles; and construction of two rail car storage and maintenance facilities. The project does not include any new park-andride facilities. In the opening year service is planned to be provided from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. on weekdays and from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. on weekends, with trains every 7.5 minutes during peak periods, and every 10 to 15 minutes during off-peak periods and on weekends. MTA and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) are pursuing a Public-Private Partnership (P3) to design, build, operating and maintain the project. 

Last updated: Monday, February 22, 2016