HYATTSVILLE, MD — Construction started Monday on the Purple Line after a groundbreaking ceremony in Hyattsville. Both Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao were at the ceremony this morning.
The Purple Line will connect Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The 16 mile track will serve 21 stations, connecting the Bethesda and New Carrollton Metro stops.
The project will cost about $5.6 billion and it’s being funded by public-private partnerships and federal money. During today’s groundbreaking, Hogan and Chao signed a $900 million federal funding agreement. Also pitching in, private sector partners contributing about $550 million, according to Hogan.
Experts say the Purple Line will create 52,000 jobs in Maryland.
Construction is expected to take about five years.