DCist | Benjamin Freed | Maryland Needs More Money to Design Purple LineQuick question from someone who is admittedly not too familiar with his state transpo budget:
The design work on the planned Purple Line through suburban Maryland could roll to a stop later this year unless state legislators raise transportation taxes, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation's capital budget.
If they don't have enough money to design this project, how are they possibly going to have enough money to operate this project?
Assuming the projects don't get derailed in their preliminary stages, both are still a long time coming. The Purple Line is expected to cost $2.15 billion by its scheduled rolling date of 2020, while construction on the Corridor Cities Transitway would not begin until 2018.I'm calling BS on this too. I remember people posting signs in their yards supprting and opposing the Purple Line back when I was taking the school bus through the area this is supposed to run in. That was 1997. I'll bet dollars to donuts that there's no Purple Line in 2020, and if is is completed it'll cost $3B+.