The Purple Line

Project Description

The Purple Line is a proposed high-capacity public transportation link between the Metrorail Red Line in Bethesda and Metrorail Orange Line in New Carrollton. The 16-mile light rail line would provide a direct connection between the Metrorail Red, Green and Orange lines that radiate into suburban Maryland from Washington D.C. It would also provide an east-west public transportation link between Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.

In December 2015, the Maryland Transit Administration received 4 proposals for the public-private partnership that would build and operate the light rail line. In March 2016, Governor Larry Hogan announced Purple Line Transit Partners as the firm selected to build and operate the system. Construction is estimated to begin in late 2016 and service anticipated to start in 2022. 

To view a map of the proposed line, please click here


Additional Information


For more information about the Purple Line and its progress updates, please visit the Purple Line website.