Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett joined Gov. Martin O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown during their announcement Aug. 5 that Montgomery County will be receiving $628 million in transportation investments and an additional $400 million for construction of the Purple Line that will benefit both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Brown also announced that the Purple Line will be built as a public-private partnership under
HB 560, the law he championed to attract private investment for new infrastructure in Maryland.
“I want to thank the O’Malley/Brown administration for making a major investment in our transportation system that will boost the economic vitality of the entire Washington region through new job creation and greater support for our business community,” said Leggett. “For many years, I have vigorously advocated for a meaningful increase in funding for transportation, and now, for the first time in a generation, we are seeing the results with significant and long overdue transportation infrastructure investments for our priority projects. This announcement moves forward the Purple Line, the Corridor Cities Transitway, the Watkins Mill interchange on I-270, supports Ride On and provides funding for many other projects that are essential to modernizing our transportation infrastructure and realizing our County’s plans for the future.”
O’Malley recognized the critical role Leggett played in advocating for the passage of the Transportation Act.
“Together, with the support of our local partners like County Executives Leggett and Rushern Baker, we made the better choices to invest in the future of Maryland’s transportation network, allowing us to create more than 57,200 jobs for our hardworking families and rebuild our State’s infrastructure,” said Governor O’Malley. “Today's announcement creates more than 9,700 jobs for Montgomery County, reduces traffic congestion and revitalizes communities. Thanks to Lt. Governor Brown’s leadership, we can move ahead with the Purple Line and bring the best private sector practices and innovation needed to create the 21st century transportation network that a modern economy requires.”
Joining Leggett were County Council President Nancy Navarro, Council Vice President Craig Rice, and Councilmembers Marc Elrich, Valerie Ervin, George Leventhal and Hans Riemer.
“Thanks to Governor O’Malley’s leadership and the courageous action of the General Assembly, some of Montgomery County’s most urgently needed transportation projects can now move forward,” said Navarro. “I was glad to join with the County Executive and my colleagues on the Council to make the case that transportation funding is critical to maintaining economic growth and quality of life for Montgomery County and all of Maryland.”
Leggett recognized and thanked the County’s State delegation, which was instrumental in the passage of the Transportation Act. At the event were Senator Karen Montgomery and Delegates Sam Arora, Charles Barkley, Brian Feldman, Ana Sol Gutierrez, Sheila Hixson, Tom Hucker, Anne Kaiser, Ariana Kelly, Susan Lee, Aruna Miller and Kirill Reznik.