PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Participate in a task force advisory group that could provide insight to MDOT regarding community impact issues, economic development concerns, small business opportunities and workforce investment synergies. MDOT’s overall goal was to look at the Red Line project and Purple Line projects to ensure that they enhance transit connections, support community revitalization and economic development opportunities while providing more reliable east-west transit service and connecting major activity centers.

Purpose: The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line that will extend from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. It will provide a direct connection to the Metrorail Red, Green and Orange Lines; at Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, and New Carrollton. The Purple Line will also connect to MARC, Amtrak, and local bus services.

The Purple Line will be light rail and will operate mainly in dedicated or exclusive lanes, allowing for fast, reliable transit operations. Twenty-one stations are planned.

MTA is taking the lead on this project, with the support and close coordination of a team that includes the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, State Highway Administration, and local municipalities in the project area. Benefits

Reliable and rapid east-west travel

Connects to Metrorail Green and Orange lines and both branches of the Red Line

Supports community revitalization and transit-oriented development

Connects people to jobs

Serves major economic centers

Connects to all three MARC lines, Amtrak, and local bus routes

Study: The Purple Line Project is primarily intended to address severe traffic congestion and improve mobility for transit-dependent neighborhoods, providing for an east-west transit option to complement the north-south option currently available through the existing Metrorail system and MARC lines.  The Project is expected to reduce travel times by approximately 40% and eliminate approximately 17,000 auto trips per day.

ROLE: Commun-ET principal helped evaluate existing MDOT policies regarding procurement methods, industry outreach processes and key strategies for small business and workforce participation. Commun-ET principal also reached out to small businesses to obtain feedback regarding procurement, partnering and compliance concerns.