On August 28, 2017, Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP), a joint venture of Meridiam Infrastructure, Fluor, and Star America, was joined by federal, state, and local officials to break ground on the $5.6 billion Purple Line Light Rail Project, formally marking the start of construction. The new rail line for the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transit Administration includes 21 stations along a 16.2-mile east-west alignment extending from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County.
During the groundbreaking event, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan participated in a ceremonial signing of the Federal Transit Administration’s Full Funding Grant Agreement. The signed grant enables the state to access the $900 million in federal funds proposed for the project. Passenger service on the new line is scheduled to begin in 2022.