Next step is to get federal funding, governor says at news conference
by Daniel Valentine | Staff Writer | Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) left no question about his vision for the Purple Line, announcing plans in a news conference Tuesday to lobby Congress for money to build a $1.5 billion above-ground train line connecting Bethesda to New Carrollton.
The planned mass transit line, which has been debated in Montgomery and Prince George's counties for more than 20 years, could begin carrying passengers as early as 2016, though state officials say it is more likely to come by 2020. The timetable depends entirely on the ability of the federal government to provide funding for construction.