State to accept less Purple Line money from Montgomery County

WASHINGTON — Montgomery County has gotten good news as it relates to the Purple Line.

Instead of having to contribute $50 million in county funds toward its construction, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett was told that the state would accept $40 million.

In a letter obtained by NBC Washington, Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn told Leggett that he made a good case regarding the county’s contribution to the light rail project.

Without offering details, Prince George’s County officials say they’ve had “good conversations” with the state over the Purple Line.

“Since we are in negotiations with the State, we will not disclose what the State has requested from us,” Thomas Himler, the county’s Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, told WTOP. “There are still outstanding issues that we hope to resolve concerning the matter.”

The Purple Line is designed to take riders from Bethesda to New Carrollton. Last month, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan gave the green light to the project — with a number of contingencies— including increasing the counties’ financial contributions and lowering the state’s cost to no more than $168 million.

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