Maryland’s Purple Line P3 Project Spared from Federal Funding Transit Cuts

By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer

The Trump administration hopes to use the Maryland Purple Line as a model for future public-private partnerships after funding the $900 million project in August 2017.

Plans to continue with the Purple Line were initially put on hold following the Trump administration’s proposal to decrease federal transit spending. Despite this decrease in federal spending, the Purple Line was awarded funding resulting from the project’s progress.

A series of private companies selected to design and carry out the project formed to create Purple Line Transit Partners.

“The Maryland Purple Line project is an excellent example of leveraging a transit project through a public-private partnership,” a Department of Transportation spokesman said. “Going forward, it demonstrates the effectiveness of P3s, and we hope it will expand to other infrastructure projects across the country.”

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