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Review of the Purple Line

by Randal O'Toole   March 18, 2015

Maryland's proposed Purple Line is currently expected to cost about $2.44 billion for 16.2 miles, or $151 million per mile.[1] This is not only more than the average for non-subway lines; it is more than eight times as expensive, per mile, as America's first modern light-rail line, which San Diego opened in 1981. Built without any federal funds, that line cost less than $10 million per mile ($17 million per mile in today's dollars).[2]



[1].              “Maryland National Capital Purple Line Project Profile,” Federal Transit Administration, November, 2014, http://www.fta.dot.gov/documents/MD__Maryland_National_Capital_Purple_Line_Profile_FY16.pdf.

[2].              Robert Lindsey, "San Diego Gets an Old-Style Trolley," New York Times, July 26, 1981, http://www.nytimes.com/1981/07/26/us/san-diego-gets-an-old-style-trolley.html .

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2014 Annapolis Report

by Marc Kilmer, John J. Walters

In the 2014 session of the General Assembly, legislators passed hundreds of bills. As in past years, legislators introduced many more bills that would have made both large and small changes to Maryland law. Much of the legislation that did pass dealt with minor areas of law or changed local laws. However, legislators did approve some bills that will bring significant changes in the coming decades.

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