Maryland's governor wants to give private companies a five-month extension on Purple Line bids in hopes that they can lower the costs, but supporters of the project say that push back the timeline and potentially compromise federal funds.
Construction of the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George's counties is supposed to start by the end of the year, but another delay has supporters questioning the light rail system's future in Maryland.
At a news conference at Union Station, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a proposal to give states more resources to increase their oversight of systems like Metrorail. Also, it would give federal transportation officials authority to approve each state's oversight program.
Nearly two months after opening to traffic, the I-95 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia — stretching 30 miles between the I-395 interchange and Garrisonville Road in Stafford County — appear to be paying off on the promise to HOV-3 carpoolers.
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