Lower-cost light rail sug­gested to gover­nor

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Robert McCart­ney

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.

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