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The Maryland Transit Administration has extended the deadline to submit bids for the Light Rail (Purple Line) P3 project.
In mid December the deadline was extended from 9 January to 12 March. The four shortlisted consortia have now received a further five-month extension, until mid August, to submit their proposals.
Two weeks ago we reported that Maryland's new governor Larry Hogan had plans to include some funding for the project in the state's budget. This delay could jeopardize this federal funding that is necessary for the project.
In early January 2014 four teams were shortlisted and later in late July the Maryland Department of Transportation together with the Maryland Transit Administration launched the RFP for the project. The four shortlisted teams for the project are the following:
The Purple Line project is a 16-mile light rail line that would run east-west inside the Capital Beltway between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George's County with 21 stations planned that would provide direct connections to Metrorail's Orange Line, Green Line and two branches of the Red Line, and the MARC Brunswick, Camden and Penn Lines.
The preferred bidder would be responsible for the design, build, finance, operate and maintenance (DBFOM) of the new line for a period of 35 years. The project also involves the equip and supply light rail vehicles.
The total project investment is estimated at US$2.4 billion and according to sources, the state would provide between US$300 and US$700 million. According to sources, the winning consortium is expected to contribute between US$500 million to US$900 million of the total project investment.
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