MDOT MTA Marks Purple Line Milestone with Final Beam at Glenridge

Riverdale, MD  –  Less than two years after Governor Larry Hogan broke ground on the Purple Line project, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) and concessionaire Purple Line Transit Partners held a topping-out ceremony today, completing framework of the 170,000-square-foot Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF).

The Purple Line is a light rail system 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 also will connect to MARC, Amtrak, and local bus services.

“This is a key milestone for the Purple Line,” said Charles Lattuca, MDOT MTA Executive Director of Transit Development and Delivery. “The OMF facility is a critical component of the Purple Line, and the final beam placement visibly demonstrates the project’s continued progress.”

The OMF, located off Veterans Highway in the Glenridge community, will support regular maintenance of rail cars, including vehicle washing and repair and re-fabrication of running gear and electronic train control systems. The facility will house the Purple Line Operations Control Center, which will have state-of-the-art train control and monitoring systems. When operational, the OMF will house more than 200 workers.

At the celebration, the final construction beam was signed by project officials and members of the construction team. It was placed into position atop the facility after the ceremony.

Governor Hogan broke ground on the OMF on August 28, 2017. Since then, Purple Line Transit Constructors has completed 15 percent of the project.


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