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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley recently announced the state will provide nearly $650 million for transportation projects in Prince George's County, including $280 million to complete right-of-way acquisition and final design for the Purple Line light-rail project.The projects will create jobs, reduce traffic congestion and improve pedestrian safety, O'Malley administration officials said in a press release."This past legislative session, we made the better choices to invest in the future of Maryland's transportation network, allowing us to create more than 57,200 jobs … and rebuild our state's infrastructure," O'Malley said.The projects were made possible with funding from the state's Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, which includes long-term strategies to invest in transportation.The Purple Line is a proposed 16-mile east-west light-rail line that will extend inside the Capital Beltway from New Carrollton in Prince George's County to Bethesda in Montgomery County.In addition to the Prince George's County investments, O'Malley announced $5 million in funding for Charles County's "top priority," a southern Maryland transit study to connect Waldorf to the Branch Avenue Metro Station. The study will examine the potential for additional transportation options for residents commuting to Washington, D.C.