San Francisco cable car ‘big’ 19 on a test run. (Muni
The Maryland Department of Transport (MDOT) is looking for approval to extend the project's opening to passengers to the winter of 2027.  
The Purple Line which was due to open in spring 2027 is a 16.2 mile, 21 station line which will offer convienent east-west transit for commuters, students and shoppers between two densely populated counties. 
The project is hoped to significantly relieve congestion in the National Capital region - one of the most congested areas of North America - as well as spurring regeneration and growth across the region. 
As part of the modification, Purple Line Transit Partners have agreed to provide USD4 million to extend a program which provides grants to businesses which have been adversely affected by the extended project construction times. 
Holly Arnold, MTA administrator said, 'Completion of the Purple Line remains a critical transit priority of the region. Despite significant achievements in the past year, an additional delay is necessary at this time due to the complex nature of the project. We know this delay is frustrating to many but the entire Purple Line team remains focused on completing the project as quickly and safely as possible.' 
The line has faced many delays already due to funding and construction issues. Read more here.  
A Purple Line Train as manufactured by CAF (CAF) 
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