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Purple Line project moves forward

Now, federal funding needs to be secured before construction can begin

Rendering via BeyondDC

In May 2017, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon made a ruling that could have caused the Purple Line project to be on hold indefinitely. Leon ruled that federal transit officials needed to complete a “supplemental” environmental review, which could take several months.

This Wednesday, a federal appeals court reinstated the Purple Line’s environmental approval, as reported by WAMU. Because of this, work can start on the $2 billion light rail project, while the legal case carries on. Already, Maryland has spent $300 million on development work, but the state will need $900 million in federal funding before any construction can get underway.

The Purple Line is planned to run 16 miles between Prince George's and Montgomery counties.

Appeals Court Throws Purple Line A Life Line [WAMU]

Purple Line delayed, thanks to judge’s ruling [Curbed DC]