PLTC to exit Maryland’s Purple Line light rail project in US

WCN Editorial Team 4 May 2020 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Purple Line Transit Constructors (PLTC) has announced its intention to exit the public-private partnership to build Maryland’s 16-mile Purple Line light rail project in the US.

The Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) is responsible for the design, build, operate, and maintain the light rail system for 35 years for the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA).

PLTC is a design-build consortium comprising Fluor, The Lane Construction Corporation and Traylor Bros.

The move to exit the project comes due to factors that are claimed to be beyond PLTC’s control, which triggered delays in the project.

In a statement, PLTC, said: “PLTC has spent nearly three years negotiating with MDOT/MTA in the hopes of continuing its participation in the project, even though delays have extended well beyond the 365-day threshold.

“The project timeline and costs have been pushed well past original forecasts due to events out of PLTC’s control. To date, MDOT/MTA has refused to grant PLTC the additional time and costs it is entitled to that would be required to complete the project.”

PLTC said it would work with Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) and the MDOT MTA in order to complete the transition, which is expected to take approximately 60-90 days to complete.

The PLTP partners include Meridiam Infrastructure Purple Line, Fluor Enterprises and Star America Purple Line.

PLTC project director Scott Risley said: “PLTC still firmly believes in the goals and mission of the Purple Line Project and the important benefits it will deliver to Maryland.

“Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside of PLTC’s control, there were multiple delays on the project and PLTC was unable to obtain the time and cost relief to which it is entitled from MDOT/MTA. Regretfully, PLTC simply cannot complete the project under these circumstances.”

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PLTP is responsible for the design, build, operate, and maintain the light rail system in Maryland, US. (Credit: Ich bin dann mal raus hier. from Pixabay)

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