Pur­ple Line to re­ceive $40 mil­lion boost

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Kather­ine Shaver

“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.

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