Purple Line Clears Another Step

March 20, 2014

State officials on Thursday said the Federal Transit Administration signed off on its plans for the Purple Line light rail this week, a step that will allow the state to start buying right-of-way along the route. Mike Madden and Jamie Kendrick from the Maryland Transit Administration opened the “Mandatory Referral” hearing with the news that on Wednesday, the FTA signed off on a Record of Decision on the MTA’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The Record of Decision, which is expected to be published Friday, March 28 in the Federal Register, finalizes the proposed route of the 16-mile light rail, as well as mitigation and environmental impacts described in the FEIS. It would also allow final design, right-of-way purchases and final discussions into a full funding grant agreement with the FTA. (BN)

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