…and they haven’t even begun construction.
The Purple Line, a commuter rail in suburban D.C., has been a point of contention over the past year, as Governor Larry Hogan opted to divert funds from Baltimore’s planned Red Line to its Purple counterpart elsewhere in the state. Some people saw this as an example of Hogan’s prioritizing the suburbs and neglecting the needs of the state’s largest city.
The Department of Transportation has said that the suburban rail line would cost $1.99 billion–but according to the Washington Post, that’s only due to some fancy accounting and spreadsheet magic; the true cost is actually $2.65 billion.
If all goes according to plan, construction on the Purple Line will begin at the end of this year, and will be completed six years later.