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MARC Rider

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Sorry, it might be behind a paywall, but here's the bottom line:

The PPP consortium claimed $800 million in cost overruns. They're getting $250 million.
They're salvaging the PPP, but replacing the builder, Fluor Corp.
This is tentative, the MD state treasurer and state comptroller have to agree.

Looks like service isn't starting until 2024.
 

Dakota 400

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Sorry, it might be behind a paywall, but here's the bottom line:

The PPP consortium claimed $800 million in cost overruns. They're getting $250 million.
They're salvaging the PPP, but replacing the builder, Fluor Corp.
This is tentative, the MD state treasurer and state comptroller have to agree.

Looks like service isn't starting until 2024.
Where is the Purple Line supposed to run from and to?
 

Siegmund

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As someone who (pre-covid) had to make a trip or two a year to College Park, this looks like a really valuable addition to the system. I was cheap, and took the train from BWI to College Park (changing at Union Station), but could never persuade any of my colleagues this was a viable alternative to hiring a car to and from the airport.

They didn't even like waiting for the free shuttle from the Metro/MARC station to the campus. (To be honest, I'd have walked rather than waited if it wasn't always a miserably hot humid day when I was there.)
 

AmtrakBlue

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As someone who (pre-covid) had to make a trip or two a year to College Park, this looks like a really valuable addition to the system. I was cheap, and took the train from BWI to College Park (changing at Union Station), but could never persuade any of my colleagues this was a viable alternative to hiring a car to and from the airport.

They didn't even like waiting for the free shuttle from the Metro/MARC station to the campus. (To be honest, I'd have walked rather than waited if it wasn't always a miserably hot humid day when I was there.)
I went to the campus twice last year as a cochlear implant research volunteer. Both times I took Amtrak from Wilm, DE to Union Station and then either MARC or Metro to the College Park station - then walked to the research site. If I'm still doing CI research with UofMD when the Purple Line is finished, I will transfer at New Carrolton rather than Union Station.
 
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