The 16.2 mile long Purple Line is under construction across the alignment from Bethesda to New Carrollton. Currently most of the work happening is heavily related to utility relocation both overhead and underground to make way for the Purple Line. Additional work taking place includes excavation and building retaining walls, creating the Plymouth Street Tunnel, building the operation and maintenance facilities, and work on bridges such as Lyttonsville Place Bridge and Rock Creek Bridge. The construction phase of the project is projected to last through 2022.
Construction of the Purple Line will be impactful as are all major construction projects. Stay up to date with construction activities by subscribing for Construction Updates below.
About the Construction Team
Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) was selected as the Concessionaire by MDOT MTA in 2016 to manage and finance the project. Purple Line Transit Constructors (PLTC) is responsible for constructing the Purple Line. PLTC is made up of partner firms (Fluor, Lane Construction, and Traylor Brothers). These teams together bring communications, construction, engineering, design, and tunneling experience together in one cohesive team.
Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP) is a conglomerate of global public-private infrastructure companies that includes Meridiam and Star America, global investor and assets managers and Fluor, a multinational engineering and construction firm that oversees PLTC and PLTO.
Purple Line Transit Constructors (PLTC) is the design-build team that combines Fluor, Lane Construction, and Traylor Brothers. These companies bring experience as design-build delivery constructors on dozens of mega design-build projects.
Purple Line Transit Operators (PLTO) is the team that will operate the light rail during the 30-year contract.
The Purple Line project is committed to ensuring public safety during construction. Work zones are dangerous for both workers and pedestrians. The public should never enter a construction site on foot and should stay alert while driving through work zones. Construction may be fascinating to watch but remember to be diligent in getting through the work zone safety.
- Pedestrian detours are clearly marked. If a full closure is required a detour route will be provided while flaggers may be utilized for partial closures.
- Access will always be maintained to businesses and residences
- Where applicable variable message signs (VMS) will be used to provide additional information to the public
- Notifications to the public are provided before closures occur through PLTC’s construction alerts. Sign up for notifications here.