State budget will include funding for Maryland light rail P3

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State budget will include funding for Maryland light rail P3

Maryland's new governor Larry Hogan has plans to include some funding for the Light Rail (Purple Line) P3 project in the state's budget.

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. 

There are four shortlisted teams for the project. The consortia are the following::

The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line that runs east-west inside the Capital Beltway between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George's County with 21 stations planned that will 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 will 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.

In early January 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. In mid November 2014 we had reported that the submissions for the project's request for proposals (RFP) had been delayed and the project could be canceled. Finally, in December 2015  the deadline was extended from 9 January to 12 March.

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