Without an increase in Maryland's transportation tax, design work on the proposed $2.15 billion Purple Line and $545 million Corridor Cities Transitway projects could be put on hold, according to state budget plans. "Without a revenue increase, it doesn’t make sense to proceed into a phase of design that we can't complete," said Leif Dormsjo, acting deputy secretary of the state's transportation department. The Montgomery County Council contends that if funding ends, "these two lines will stop dead in their tracks. After more than a decade of work on these two projects, this is unacceptable.”

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