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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s incoming transportation secretary says he’s confident in the prospects of building the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, now that the state has new revenue to help pay for the light rail project.

Jim Smith was sworn in to the job on Tuesday by Gov. Martin O’Malley. He also says he’s confident in the prospects for the Red Line in Baltimore. However, he says that may take some more work to smooth over some local concerns.

The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line with 21 stations between Bethesda and New Carrollton. Smith says he’s working on a public-private partnership to help bring the light rail line to fruition by around 2020.

The Red Line is an east-west public transit line in Baltimore.

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