According to Shareese Churchill, a spokesperson for Governor Larry Hogan, the light rail Purple Line project connecting Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties may receive a $900 million federal funding agreement.
“The Hogan administration fully expects the Purple Line Full Funding Grant Agreement to be signed in the very near future,” said Churchill.
Churchill said the agreement frees up $325 million in federal funds already appropriated for the project. The agreement will total $900 million over the life of agreement.
"The Purple Line project will harness the power of the federal, state, county and private sector partners to get a major infrastructure project under construction and create jobs,” Maryland communications director Doug Mayer said. “It’s a major win for the state and local communities."
The informal announcement came after Hogan discussed the project with United States Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao Friday and Monday, Churchill confirmed.
Hogan posted on Twitter that he and Chao spoke over several days and he was “looking forward to some big news later this week.”
The proposed agreement comes two weeks after the Montgomery County Council allowed the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to start work on the project. The line will be constructed by Purple Line Transit Partners through a public private partnership.
In August 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon put the project on hold. He said that the MTA needed updated Metro ridership numbers before it could commence.
The 21-stop light rail has 15 stops In Montgomery county six stops in Prince Georges County. The two senators representing Maryland, Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, released a joint statement about the project.
“We are pleased that this project is now moving forward and appreciate Department of Transportation Secretary Chao’s efforts to secure the funding. Team Maryland will remain steadfastly engaged to fight to ensure its successful completion.”