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Builders on Maryland’s $2B Light Rail Project Plan to Quit

Purple Line Transit Constructors (PLTC), the group building Maryland’s $2-billion Purple Line light rail project through Prince George’s County, said it would quit the project. PLTC cited the state’s refusal to pay for delays and cost overruns.

The group said it would work with the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transit Administration on an orderly transition, which is expected to take 60 to 90 days.

“PLTC still firmly believes in the goals and mission of the Purple Line Project and the important benefits it will deliver to Maryland,” said Scott Risley, PLTC project director. “Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside of PLTC’s control, there were multiple delays on the project and PLTC was unable to obtain the time and cost relief to which it is entitled from MDOT/MTA.”

PLTC said it has spent nearly three years negotiating with MDOT/MTA in hopes of continuing its participation.

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