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Gov. Larry Hogan, left, and and Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)
Gov. Larry Hogan, left, and and Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

Hogan to make transportation announcement

Could a decision be finally coming on Purple Line?

Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled a press conference Thursday afternoon to discuss “transportation infrastructure.”

Sources familiar with the announcement say they expect that the 16-mile, nearly $2.5 billion project, will likely be part of the announcement.

Douglass Mayer, a spokesman for Hogan, declined to elaborate on the announcement of the news conference.

Hogan and Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn have previously expressed a desire to make a decision on the light rail line that will connect Bethesda in Montgomery County with New Carrollton in Prince George’s County by the end of the month.

If Hogan decides to move forward with the project, the bidding groups would have to deliver the plans for the project by Aug. 19, according to public comments made by Rahn in February.

Hogan tasked Rahn with finding ways to reduce the costs of the project. Sources say $300 million in reductions — a combination of changes in design elements to stations, changes in how the project is financed, and increasing the contributions required of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties — could be part of the mix should the governor decide to move forward.

Federal legislators have urged Hogan to approve the project citing the loss of $900 million in federal aid.

Also in limbo is the fate of the proposed 14.1-mile Red Line route, which includes extensive tunneling under Baltimore City and would connect Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with Woodlawn in Baltimore County at a current projected cost of $2.9 billion.

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