Prince George's County Planning Department

About the Purple Line

Purple Line Basics

The Purple Line is a proposed 16-mile light-rail line extending from New Carrollton in Prince George's County to Bethesda in Montgomery County. It would provide a direct connection to the Metrorail Green, Orange, and Red Lines at College Park, New Carrollton, Bethesda, and Silver Spring. The Purple Line would also connect to MARC, AMTRAK, and local bus services.

The locally preferred alternative for the Purple Line will be light rail and will operate mainly in dedicated or exclusive lanes, allowing for fast, reliable transit operations. Twenty-one initial station locations have been identified with additional stations under consideration.

The Maryland Transit Administration is managing this project, with the support and close coordination of 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.

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