Maryland officials have formally notified the Federal Transit Administration that the state is no longer seeking federal funding for a Baltimore light rail project.
Maryland’s transportation secretary says he believes a light rail in the suburbs of Washington will be built to meet more cost-effective stipulations.
Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that the state will support a more cost-effective plan for the Purple Line rail system in the Washington suburbs that will require a greater investment from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Hogan also announced plans to spend nearly $2 billion on Maryland roads and bridges.
Monday marks a big day for some Metro riders who rolled to work in one of the new 7000 series trains.
Metro’s Red Line will return to automatic train operation on Monday, The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced Thursday.
Metro says weekend work will largely impact riders on the red and orange lines.
Metro officials plan to close three red line stations in Bethesda for 14 weekends in 2016 to repair persistent leaks in the tunnels and to avoid a long-term shutdown of the red line that had been feared.
Five years after the catastrophic Metro Red Line crash that left nine people dead and dozens more injured, the transit system will once again be using computer-driven trains, according to a report from The Washington Post.
Metro is closing three subway stations and platforms on the red line this weekend and will offer free shuttle buses as an alternative.
Maryland officials say initial federal funding for two light rail projects puts the state in a strong position to build the major projects in the Washington suburbs and the Baltimore metropolitan area.