Maryland Purple Line vote pushed into November

The Purple Line is slated to run for 16 miles between Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Photo: MTA

(WJLA) - A vote to make the design, construction and operation of Maryland's Purple Line light rail system has been pushed back by several weeks to allow planners more time to finish their proposal, the Washington Post says.

Instead of voting Wednesday on a move to make much of the Purple Line's execution a public-private partnership, the Board of Public Works will now take up the issue on Nov. 6.

A Maryland Department of Transportation spokesperson told the post that the agency needs more time to finish off details of their solicitation.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced in August that the state would be contributing $400 million toward construction of the 16-mile light rail link and another $280 million to purchase property and finish the system's design. In total, the entire project is expected to cost upwards of $2.2 billion.

The link would connect Bethesda and New Carrolton by way of several stops, including multiple stations in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, including the University of Maryland.