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Contract for Purple Line signed by Maryland officials

On April 6, Maryland officials approved a contract allowing Purple Line Transit Partners to build its Purple Line, a light-rail system that will run through Prince George's and Montgomery counties. Total expenditures will be in the billions of dollars.

The rail system will run between New Carrolton and Bethesda and will connect to multiple other rail systems in the area. The new line will help people who work in Bethesda and other locations by providing them with a direct connection, making commuting easier. There will be several stops near or on the College Park campus of the University of Maryland, and rides will be free for students there.

The new line will bring 22 new rail stations. Service is anticipated to start in 2022. Critics have challenged the development of the new line because of the potential for noise from the construction. The next step is getting the federal grant approval, which will bring in $2 billion towards the project in direct funds and loans. Prince George's County has agreed to contribute $120 million, and Montgomery County will pay $210 million towards funding the projected costs.

Major construction contracts such as this one are very complex and require a long process towards approval and closing. Companies that have bid on large development projects may need help with contract negotiation, drafting, zoning, permitting and licenses. In many cases, developers may need the assistance of real estate law attorneys in preparing the multiple documents that are required. Legal counsel may also seek variances if they are needed.

Source: Patch, "Purple Line contract signed; construction to start in late 2016," Deb Belt, April 6, 2016.

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