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County invests in Transportation

Nearly $650 million will be invested to Montgomery County transportation projects, with a $400 million commitment for the construction of the Purple Line.

The Purple Line will link the Red, Green and Orange lines through a 16-mile rail through Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

“We were able to make the tough, but right decisions necessary in order to invest in transportation infrastructure to create jobs and expand opportunity,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley at an announcement Monday at the Bethesda Metro.

The creations of the line and other transportation projects are expected to generate more than 9,700 jobs, according to the governor’s office.

Other projects include $85 million to support the Ride-On bus service, $3 million for planning improvements at Norbeck Road at Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, and $3 million to design an expansion of Woodfield Road in Gaithersburg from the Airpark to Midcounty Highway, according to a press release.

The projects “will ease traffic congestion and give moms and dads more time to be at home and more time to be at work and to be with their families,” O’Malley said.

Additionally, the investments are predicted to initiate economic growth in the area and attract more companies to Washington suburbs in Maryland.

By Ethan Barton

MoCoVox News

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