Md. board approves $5.6B Purple Line contract

Posted at 5:37 PM, Apr 06, 2016

The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a $5.6 billion contract to build the Purple Line in the suburbs of the nation's capital.

The contract was approved 3-0 on Wednesday for the light rail project in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

A team of private companies has been chosen to design, build, operate and maintain the 16-mile line between Bethesda and New Carrollton.

See also: Maryland board set to vote on Purple Line contract

It's a 36-year contract. The net cost to the state will be about $3.3 billion. The rest comes from federal and county funding.

The three-member Board of Public Works is comprised of Gov. Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Related: O'Malley to announce plans for the Purple Line

Construction is slated to begin this year. It's projected to open no later than spring of 2022.

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