Design is currently underway for the Purple Line, a proposed 16-mile light rail line with 21 stations, which will run from Bethesda to New Carrollton and provide direct connections to Metrorail, local and inter-city bus, the MARC train and Amtrak. An east-west route connector for Montgomery and Prince George's counties, the Purple Line has been under study since 1992. The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is the lead agency for the Purple Line project. On August 5, 2013, Governor Martin O’Malley announced that the Purple Line would be designed, built and operated by a private firm. Ridership forecasts for 2040 exceed 74,000 for a typical weekday. The total estimated capital cost is $2.2 billion.
View the proposed Purple Line full route map.
Purple Line Functional Plan
The Purple Line Functional Plan was adopted by the County Council in September of 2010, and includes, a series of recommendations for the proposed transit line’s route, mode and stations. Download the approved and adopted Purple Line Functional Plan (pdf, 17MB).
NOTE: The many graphics in the plan result in a download time of about five minutes; consider downloading section 1 (pdf, 9.9MB) and section 2 (pdf, 8.7MB) separately.
Key future milestones, according to the latest project schedule, include the following:
- Fall 2013 – Complete preliminary engineering and final environmental document
- Fall 2013 – Record of Decision
- Fall 2013 – Begin Right-of-Way Acquisition
- Fall 2015 – Begin construction
- 2020 – Open to service
M-NCPPC staff contacts
Tom Autrey, Transportation Planning
David Anspacher, Transportation Planning
Date of last update: October 23, 2013