The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a $5.6 billion contract to build the Purple Line train outside D.C.
The contract was approved 3-0 on Wednesday for the light rail project in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
A team of private companies has been chosen to design, build, operate and maintain the 16-mile line between Bethesda and New Carrollton.
It's a 36-year contract. The net cost to the state will be about $3.3 billion. The rest comes from federal and county funding.
The three-member Board of Public Works is comprised of Gov. Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.