New Transportation Money A Boon For Prince George's County Bid For FBI | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

New Transportation Money A Boon For Prince George's County Bid For FBI

Play associated audio
Gov. Martin O'Malley headlined the group of lawmakers trumpeting Prince George's County at the Branch Avenue Metro station today.
Matt Bush
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.

NPR

Virtual Readings For Freddie Gray

Here are some words from novelists, poets, and rappers that folks are sharing on social media to make sense of what's going on in Baltimore.
NPR

Tea Tuesdays: Tea-Drinking Tips For A Longer Life

Researchers studying the Blue Zones, five regions around the world with lots of centenarians, have come up with this rule: "Drink coffee for breakfast, tea in the afternoon, wine at 5 p.m."
NPR

Vatican Hosts Climate Change Conference Ahead Of Papal Encyclical

Pope Francis wants world leaders to work together to enact laws that will slow or stop emissions that fuel climate change. He is expected to deliver a papal encyclical in June highlighting environmental degradation and the effect of climate change on the poor. The Vatican held a one-day conference on climate change Tuesday.
NPR

Report: To Aid Combat, Russia Wages Cyberwar Against Ukraine

Cyberwarfare is a hidden world with few documented examples. In a new report, security researchers detail digital attacks against Ukraine's military and charge the Russian military as the hacker.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.