Maryland plan includes using road funds to pay for rail line

05/20/2009 | Washington Post, The

Officials in Maryland hope to use funds originally intended for two road projects to fund construction of a proposed light-rail line. The cost of the 16-mile Purple Line has climbed to $1.68 billion, which is $330 million more than original estimates. Transportation officials will propose the project to the regional planning board today. If approved, the rail line would include 21 stations and eventually run more than 62,000 trips per day.

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