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One month into his tenure as Maryland Transportation Secretary, Jim Smith has a lot on his to-do list.
Gov. Martin O'Malley has announced $650 million in transportation projects in Prince George's County.
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At an open house to update residents on the Maryland Transit Administration's Purple Line, project leaders expressed optimism that the new Maryland transportation bill could allow the 16-mile light rail line to open in 2020.
Maryland leaders are confident the Purple Line from Bethesda to New Carrollton will open by 2020.
As lawmakers in Annapolis debate a bill to fund projects like the Purple Line in Montgomery County, a plan for another mass transit option is also in the works.
Without new money the Purple Line and the Corridor Cities Transitway may be put on hold, and one Montgomery County councilmember believes the governor needs to take a more active role so that doesn't happen.
It is still more than a decade away, but the Purple Line could change the way people travel between Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
The Purple Line, a proposed light-rail line to connect New Carrollton and Bethesda in Maryland, has long been promoted as a way to ease congestion on the Capital Beltway and offer another commuting option between Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
Maryland transit planners say it's too expensive and impractical to keep a popular recreation trail inside a downtown Bethesda tunnel alongside future Purple Line trains.
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