June 26, 2020, 7:13 AM
Disputes about cost overruns and other delays are getting more acrimonious between the state of Maryland and the Purple Line Transit Partners, the consortium building the light rail project between Bethesda and New Carrollton.
Tensions escalated this week after it was reported more than 700 people working on the project have been formally notified that they’ll be laid off in about two months — as project leaders said they will walk away over the issues they’re trying to renegotiate with the state.
The situation is causing growing outrage among local politicians who have been clamoring for the project for more than a decade.
Montgomery County Council members Sidney Katz, who is the body’s president this year, and Tom Hucker, who leads the Transportation and Environment Committee, called the move by PLTP “unconscionable” in a statement.