Purple Line project faces more delays
Springtime nests for owls and other birds probably will prevent construction from starting on a major segment of the Purple Line for an additional five months, potentially adding more delays to a project already seven months behind schedule.
Because of delays caused by a pending lawsuit, the Maryland Transit Administration is about to miss a March 31 deadline for clearing about 43 acres of trees, a critical first step in building the 16-mile light-rail line.
Beginning April 1, a federal law that protects the nests of migratory birds will prohibit the MTA from cutting into “forested” areas until September — almost a year after the line’s construction was initially scheduled to begin. The seasonal restriction is designed to allow bird eggs to hatch and chicks to mature and fly off before the trees holding their nests are destroyed.
“This is basic economics. You’re raising the price. You’ll lose riders. That is a bad business move.” Metro board member Malcolm Augustine