Purple Line to receive $40 million boost
“Forty million tomorrow is a lot harder to find than $40 million five years from now. . . . There’s no doubt in my mind Montgomery County has the wherewithal to do it.”
Montgomery Council President George L. Leventhal (D-At Large), who said he has “no doubt” the council will approve the money for the Purple Line
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said he has committed an additional $40 million in county money toward state plans to build a 16mile light-rail Purple Line through the Maryland suburbs.
Leggett said he told state Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn that the county would contribute the $40 million, in addition to $177 million in previously committed in-kind contributions, as long as the money wasn’t needed for five to six years. Rahn agreed to that timing, he said.
Leggett said the county would find the money by “reprioritizing” its six-year Capital Improvements Program, which funds new roads, libraries, recreation centers and other county facilities. That could result in other construction projects being delayed a year or so or the county borrowing more to increase the overall capital budget, which hovers around $2 billion, he said.