Purple Line Transit Partners, a consortium including Meridiam, Fluor Enterprises, and Star America, has won a contract to design-build, finance, operate and maintain the $2bn Purple Line light rail transit public-private partnership project in Maryland, US.
Fluor Construction, Lane, and Traylor Brothers have created a joint venture to construct the project. Purple Line Transit Operators, a team including Fluor Enterprises, Alternate Concepts, and CAF USA, will offer operations and maintenance services for a 30-year period after completion of construction.
The project, tendered by the Maryland Department of Transportation and Maryland Transit Administration, will include the construction of a 16.2-mile light rail transit line.
The line will extend from Bethesda to New Carrollton, extending east-west inside the Capital Beltway within the Maryland suburbs north of Washington, DC.
The project, which will also involve the construction of 21 permanent stations, will link five key activity centres in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties including Bethesda, Silver Spring, Takoma/Langley Park, College Park, as well as New Carrollton.
The light rail transit project is expected to reach commercial close in the first quarter of 2016 and financial close in the second quarter of 2016.