The Purple Line Transit Partners joint venture (JV) team of Fluor, Meridiam Infrastructure Purple Line and Star America Purple Line has broken ground on the Purple Line Light Rail project in Maryland, US.
Located in the Washington Metropolitan Region, the project comprises 21 stations along a 16-mile alignment extending from Bethesda, Maryland, in Montgomery County to New Carrollton, Maryland, in Prince George’s County.
The 16-mile new transit option project will entail an investment of $5.6bn. It will be funded through a public-private partnership.
Recently, the US Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) sanctioned $900m for the project, which is expected to create thousands of jobs.
Once operational in early 2022, the new rail line will provide connections to several existing transit providers and improve mobility to major economic and job centres, as well as the University of Maryland in College Park.
Fluor president of infrastructure business line Hans Dekker said: “Fluor is honoured to break ground today on the second transit public-private partnership project in the US.
“We bring robust megaproject experience and industry-leading abilities to successfully design, build, finance and manage complex projects. Fluor and our partners are currently operating the Denver Eagle P3 commuter rail project, the only other transit P3 in the country and we look forward to building on its success to deliver the Purple Line.”
Fluor is the managing partner of the design-build team, Purple Line Transit Constructors, comprised of Fluor Enterprises, The Lane Construction Corporation and Traylor Bros.
After the construction, Purple Line Transit Operators, a Fluor-led team comprising Fluor Enterprises, Alternate Concepts, and CAF USA, will provide operations and maintenance services for 30 years.