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Maryland DOT announces first Purple Line light-rail segment

The first part of Maryland Transit Administration's Purple Line will run between New Carrollton and College Park.
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The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) announced that the first part of its Purple light-rail line will run between New Carrollton and College Park, Maryland, by late 2022, The Washington Post reported

MTA officials previously announced that the first segment of the Purple Line would be constructed between New Carrollton and Bethesda, but didn’t name a western terminus. 

MTA officials last month told the Post that College Park was the most logical western terminus for the line because the train stop there will have cross over tracks that allow light-rail vehicles to turn around. 

The line's second segment is expected to extend to Montgomery County by 2023.

When the 16-mile, 21-station line opens for service, it will connect to the MTA-owned MARC Train commuter service, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Metrorail and Amtrak.


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