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Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

Team Maryland Calls on FTA to Immediately Sign Full Funding Grant Agreement for Purple Line

Project Creates 6,300 Construction Jobs, 27,000 Permanent Jobs; Connects 6,000 Small Businesses


Jul 25, 2017
Contact: Daniel Jacobs
(202) 225-4016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (Md.-03) and members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, John P. Sarbanes, John K. Delaney, Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin (all D-MD), sent a letter today to Matthew Welbes, Executive Director of the Federal Transit Administration, urging him to immediately sign the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and move the Maryland National Capital Purple Line project forward. The July 19, 2017 order of the United States Court of Appeals – District of Columbia Circuit reinstated the FTA’s Record of Decision (ROD) for this shovel-ready project, clearing the last major hurdle for signing of the agreement and the start of construction.

“As you know, the Purple Line Project is a 16.2 mile, 21-station, east-west light rail line that will connect numerous communities in Maryland. The line will connect major economic and jobs centers in the region, three Metrorail lines, all three Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) rail lines and Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor line,” the members wrote. “This project will play an integral role in revitalizing the inner-suburban communities we represent; bringing new economic opportunities to underserved parts of the region while generating 6,300 construction jobs and 27,000 permanent jobs, in addition to connecting the 6,000 small businesses and 130,000 jobs within a half mile of the line.

“Additionally, the Purple Line is a public-private partnership and could serve as a model for similar projects around the country in line with President Trump’s stated policy goals for increased private infrastructure investments,” they added.

Click here to read the text of the letter.