Maryland Department of Transportation

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.)

Will Maryland Purple Line Service Start in 2026?

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.

Officials ushered in the Howard Street Tunnel project in Maryland on Nov. 29.
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Howard Street Tunnel Expansion Project Launches

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan led public- and private-sector leaders in breaking ground on the $466 million Howard Street Tunnel expansion project, which will reconstruct the 126-year-old freight rail tunnel to accommodate double-stack container trains to and from the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore.

Holly Arnold, Administrator, Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA)

Arnold Elevated to MDOT MTA Administrator

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has elevated Holly Arnold to Administrator of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA), following five months of service as acting agency leader.

Santa Clara VTA is now offering light rail service along the Orange Line and a portion of the Green Line. Service on the remaining segments of the Green and Blue lines will return in phases.

Transit Briefs: SCVTA, MDOT MTA

California’s Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) on Aug. 29 resumed partial light rail service. In addition, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) on Aug. 30 launched CharmFlex, a discounted three- and 10-day pass for flexible commuter travel.

Metrolinx’s now-open Bloomington GO Station in York Region at Highway 404 and Bloomington Road extends the Richmond Hill line approximately 3 miles north.

Transit Briefs: Metrolinx, MDOT MTA, UTA, VIA Rail

Toronto-area regional transit agency Metrolinx has opened the Bloomington GO Station, part of the Richmond Hill Line; the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) has launched a real-time digital signage pilot program; the Utah Transit Authority Board of Trustees has approved a new contract with the Utah Division of Air Quality for “free fare days,” according to the Daily Herald; and VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) will increase service on the Québec City-Windsor corridor starting July 12.