BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has announced a transportation package of nearly $650 million for Montgomery County.
O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown also announced Monday that Maryland will pursue the state's first public-private partnership for transit to build the Purple Line. That's a 16-mile light rail line with 21 stations between Bethesda and New Carrollton. It's estimated to cost about $2.15 billion.
O'Malley also announced an added $400 million investment for the Purple Line project, which would be paid for with a combination of federal grants, private investment and state and local contributions.
The governor also announced $85 million in operating assistance for the county's Ride On bus, and several other projects.
O'Malley and the General Assembly approved a gas tax increase this year to help pay for the projects.
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