Maryland Chooses Team to Design, Build and Operate the Purple Line Light Rail

Maryland Chooses Team to Design, Build and Operate the Purple Line Light Rail :Governor Larry Hogan announced on 2 March 2016 that the state of Maryland has selected Purple Line Transit Partners to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Maryland Purple Line Light Rail Project in the Washington Metropolitan Region. This partnership with private industry, commonly referred to as a public-private partnership (PPP), is expected to promote the successful delivery of the project.

Purple Line Transit Partners comprises:

Construction company Fluor Enterprises

French Global investment firm Meridiam
Infrastructure developer Star America

The Fluor-led design & build team, Purple Line Transit Constructors, comprises Fluor Enterprises, The Lane Construction Corporation, Traylor Bros., and includes subcontractor Atkins North America as the lead designer. The Purple Line Transit Constructors team will begin design and construction later this year with passenger service currently scheduled for spring 2022.

Once construction has been completed Purple Line Transit Operators, a Fluor-led team comprising Fluor Enterprises, Alternate Concepts, and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) USA, will provide 30 years of operations and maintenance services.

Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn stated in a press release that “with great construction know-how, superior transit expertise and continued low interest rates, Purple Line Transit Partners is positioned to deliver a tremendous value to Maryland taxpayers.”

Mr. Rahn described the Purple Line Transit Partners proposal as the one with the “greatest value, which had the best technical scores by a substantial margin and the lowest cost.”
The 26 km Purple Line Light Rail Project will extend from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. The two-car trains will operate mainly in dedicated or exclusive lanes and stop at 21 stations:

1- Bethesda
2- Connecticut Avenue
3- Lyttonsville
4- Woodside/16th St.
5- Silver Spring Transit Center
6- Silver Spring Library
7- Dale Drive
8- Manchester Place
9- Long Branch
10- Piney Branch Road
11- Takoma/Langley Transit Center
12- Riggs Road
13- Adelphi Road/West Campus
14- Campus Center
15- East Campus
16- College Park Metro
17- M Square
18- Riverdale Park
19- Beacon Heights
20- Annapolis Road/Glenridge
21- New Carrollton

The line will provide connections to several existing transit providers and improve mobility to major economic and job centers, as well as the University of Maryland in College Park.

It will connect the existing Metro, MARC commuter rail, and Amtrak stations at:

Bethesda (Metro Red Line)
Silver Spring (Metro Red Line), MARC Brunswick Line
College Park (Metro Green Line), MARC Camden Line
New Carrollton (Metro Orange Line), MARC Penn Line, Amtrak Northeast Corridor (Northeast Regional, Vermonter)


Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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