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Morning Read: O'Malley Designates $280 Million to Purple Line

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Gov. Martin O’Malley signed Maryland’s increased gas tax into law Thursday, and announced $1.2 billion of new road and transit projects that would be built with the new revenue.

    Among the projects: $280 million for the final design of the Purple Line that would link Bethesda and New Carrollton, and $100 million for design of a rapid bus line along I-270 called the Corridor Cities Transitway.

    He also designated $100 million for a Red Line in Baltimore.

    Read the full list of initial transit projects here.

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