Will Maryland Purple Line Service Start in 2026?

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
A design-build contractor team has been selected for the long-delayed Purple Line light rail project in Maryland. Construction is set to begin this spring, with service commencing in fall 2026. (Pictured: Purple Line construction work in Bethesda.)

A design-build contractor team has been selected for the long-delayed Purple Line light rail project in Maryland. Construction is set to begin this spring, with service commencing in fall 2026. (Pictured: Purple Line construction work in Bethesda.)

Maryland’s long-delayed Purple Line is getting back on track with the approval of a new design-build team, Maryland Transit Solutions, under a $3.4 billion contract; the total project cost is now estimated at $9.284 billion.

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