Purple Line jeopardized by budget proposal

Proposal states all projects must have federal funding agreements fully secured

Montgomery County - The long developing Purple Line project, which is planned to extend 16 miles from Bethesda to New Carrollton, is now coming under fire from President Trumps new budget proposal.

According to the proposal, the federal government would not pay for any projects that haven’t already secured a full funding agreement.

State and U.S. officials were just days away from signing off on a deal for $900 million in federal funding in August before it was postponed indefinitely by Judge Richard Leon.

Maryland Senators Chris Van Hollen, Ben Cardin and other officials are now speaking out to make their issues with the budget proposal known.

"Our residents and residents throughout the country are really struggling with what to make of this and I think that you are seeing a great deal of resistance,” said Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner.

The overall price tag for construction of the Purple Line is projected at nearly $2 billion dollars.

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