By Katherine Shaver
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 27, 2009; 2:08 PM
The Montgomery County Council today approved a light rail system for the planned east-west transit link between Montgomery and Prince George's counties, a milestone in the more than 20-year debate over how to move people more efficiently between the two suburbs and spur redevelopment of their older neighborhoods. With the Prince George's council, Prince George's Executive Jack Johnson (D) and Montgomery Executive Isiah Leggett (D) already in favor of the Purple Line project, today's unanimous recommendation to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) was the last political hurdle for the planned 16-mile link. O'Malley also has voiced support for the line, which would connect Bethesda and New Carrollton inside the Capital Beltway.