2014 | Politics

Local Business Leaders Send Letter in Support of Purple Line to Hogan

The letter urges the governor-elect to keep the Purple Line on schedule

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More local business leaders are asking Gov.-elect Larry Hogan to keep the proposed Purple Line on track.

The latest letter comes from the presidents of the Montgomery County and Prince George’s chambers of commerce.

Montgomery chamber President Gigi Godwin and David Harrington, president of the Prince George’s chamber, urge Hogan in the letter “to invest in the regional transportation network and economic strength of the Capital Region by keeping the Purple Line on schedule.”

The letter states that construction of the light rail line will help Maryland’s efforts to be considered for a new FBI headquarters—which Prince George’s County has been pursuing. It also says the Purple Line will help link the University of Maryland College Park with urban centers, boost economic development in the region and create an opportunity to launch the first public-private partnership under Maryland’s new infrastructure law.

The letter follows others sent earlier this month by prominent developers in Montgomery County and from the planning board chairmen in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Both of those letters pressed Hogan to move forward with the transit line.

If built, the Purple Line would stretch from Bethesda in Montgomery to New Carrolton in Prince George’s County.

“You have the opportunity to shape the destiny of the Purple Line and therefore the role Maryland will play in the region and the global marketplace for generations to come,” the letter sent by the chamber leaders said. “Our full potential will only be reached through bold vision and courageous decisions to support access to opportunity today and into the future.”

Since his election in November, Hogan hasn’t directly stated what he plans to do regarding the Purple Line. However, in recent comments made to The Washington Post, Hogan said he was reluctant to spend money on new transit projects such as the Purple Line and that he’d like to focus on building roads.