Agreement Reached for Maryland’s Purple Line Project

Written by Bill Wilson, Engineering Editor; and Editor-in-Chief, Railway Track & Structures
A tentative agreement has been reached with the firms behind the Purple Line project. (Purple Line)

A tentative agreement has been reached with the firms behind the Purple Line project. (Purple Line)

Operations for the Purple Line project in Maryland will soon be back to normal. The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) reached a $250 million settlement with three companies connected to the public-private partnership.

Two of the firms, Meridiam and Star America, will stay on the 16-mile-long project, but Fluor will no longer be associated with Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP).  

“This agreement is a major step toward completing the Purple Line, a transformative project for our state and the region,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement.

The state and PLTP had been at odds for months, and the dispute led to the group of builders to leave the site. The conflict centered on time delays and $800 million in cost overruns.

Meridiam and Star America are now looking for another contractor. Fluor formed Purple Line Transit Constructors and also was part of Purple Line Transit Operators. The agreement still needs to be approved by Maryland’s Board of Public Works.

The MDOT and the Maryland Transportation Authority will still oversee hundreds of contracts and purchase orders.

The Purple Line project broke ground in 2017.

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