Purple Line Transit Partners Appoints Alfred B. Craig Chief Executive Officer

Riverdale, Md., March 22, 2018 – Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) today announced the appointment of Alfred “Fred” B. Craig, Jr. as chief executive officer. The Purple Line is an innovative public-private partnership (P3) between the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and a consortium of leading private sector engineering and finance firms with a track record of delivering major infrastructure projects. Construction on the Purple Line began in September 2017, following a groundbreaking celebration with PLTP officials, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, MDOT Secretary Pete K. Rahn and MDOT Maryland Transit Administrator Kevin Quinn. The Purple Line project is targeted to be complete in 2022.

As CEO of PLTP, Mr. Craig is directing the development of this 16.2-mile light rail project for the MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA.) This $5.6 billion project will extend from Bethesda to New Carrollton, Maryland in the inner suburbs of Washington, DC, and is the largest transit P3 project in the United States. Mr. Craig brings 35 years of experience in similar ventures, including the successful Cincinnati Street Car and Ohio High Speed Rail Programs, and the South Capitol Street reconstruction program including Nationals Park.

“The Purple Line project is set to transform this vital east-west corridor serving inside the beltway communities in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties,” commented Jane Garvey, chairman of Purple Line Transit Partners and of Meridiam North America, the lead equity partner of PLTP. “Fred’s experience and exceptional leadership will help us deliver this vital project for the people of Maryland.”

“Work is well-underway to deliver the positive quality of life and economic development benefits to residents and businesses throughout the entire Purple Line corridor,” commented Craig. “The companies of Purple Line Transit Partners are committed to providing timely and relevant information to the public during the construction phase of the project as we work diligently towards completion in 2022 and creating meaningful opportunities for disadvantaged and minority businesses as they participate in construction.”

About Purple Line Transit Partners
Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP), is a joint venture of Meridiam, Fluor, and Star America. This new light rail line for the Maryland Department of Transportation 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. For more information about the Purple Line, visit purplelinemd.com. For information about Purple Line Transit Partners, visit purplelinetransitpartners.com.

Maryland Purple Line Light Rail Project Groundbreaking

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.

Purple Line Transit Partners Hosts Successful Jobseeker/Small Business Open House

More than 100 visitors attended the Purple Line Transit Partners’ (PLTP) Open House on Saturday, May 20, 2017 to learn about the job and small business opportunities that will become available once construction can begin on the Purple Line. At the event, the concessionaire team was joined by leaders from the Maryland Transit Administration in welcoming attendees and encouraging them to prepare in advance for upcoming employment and contracting opportunities. Information on training resources was available at the event, and participants were encouraged to register at PLTP’s Job Center, located at the project’s headquarters at 6811 Kenilworth Avenue in Riverdale Park, MD.
PLTP would like to thank elected officials and staff who attended the event to show support for the project, including:

  • Senator Chris Van Hollen
  • Congressman Jamie Raskin
  • Maryland Senator Jim Rosapepe
  • Prince George’s County Councilmember Dannielle Glaros
  • Prince George’s County Councilmember Deni Taveras
  • Maryland Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins

Visit PLTP’s procurement opportunities and career opportunities on the PLTP website for more information on how to engage the project team.