Lower-cost light rail suggested to governor
Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn has recommended to Gov. Larry Hogan (R) that he approve building the Purple Line after making changes to reduce its cost to the state, but it is not clear whether Hogan will agree, according to two officials familiar with the discussions.
Rahn urged his boss to go ahead with the light-rail project in the Washington suburbs providing that the cost of the project is trimmed by about $300 million from an estimated $2.45 billion and that Montgomery and Prince George’s counties commit to paying a bigger share, one of the officials said.
“This is a good first step in restoring confidence in WMATA’s financial controls.” Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn on the Metro board’s decision to cancel a consulting contract signed with an employee the same day she resigned from the staff.