Purple Line development faces contract dispute.
Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP), the consortium of companies building the Purple Line, plans to pull out of the public-private partnership next month on August 22 unless a new contract agreement is reached. The dispute comes from rising costs and construction delays. Cost overruns for the $2 billion project now total $755 million. In addition, the contractors claim that a 2014 environmental lawsuit delayed the project for 266 days. Both state officials and PLTP have stated that they are committed to negotiating a settlement before August.
With this dispute, construction still continues in downcounty. Zones in Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Greater Lyttonsville/Woodside, Silver Spring, and Long Branch have begun construction this past July. For more updates, visit: https://www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates
Featured photo courtesy of the Purple Line MD Twitter page (@PurpleLineMD)
By Nyrene Monforte