Gov. Martin O'Malley headlined the group of lawmakers trumpeting Prince George's County at the Branch Avenue Metro station today.
Maryland leaders are hailing the approximately $650 million that will go to transportation projects around Metro stations in Prince George's County, with an eye toward future growth.
The largest chunk of the money will go to acquiring land and finishing the design for the Purple Line, the light-rail line that would run from the New Carrollton Metro station in Prince George's County to the Bethesda Metro station in Montgomery County. Approximately $50 million will fund a new access road and a pedestrian bridge at the Branch Avenue Metro station, where today's press conference was held.
Maryland Senate president Mike Miller said Prince George's County was ignored for too long when it came to transportation money.
"Ingress and egress to the capital of the free world comes through Prince George's County," Miller said. "That's the reason 210, Branch Avenue, Indian Head Highway, Pennsylvania Avenue, Central Avenue — these are so very important."
One of the smallest projects unveiled today could have the biggest pay-off. As much as $7 million will go to building a new interchange off the Beltway to the Greenbelt Metro station, where county officials are hoping to land the new FBI headquarters. Because of that, Prince George's County executive Rushern Baker says there's no reason now for the federal government not to relocate to Greenbelt.