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Judge asks Maryland for further study on Purple Line

Judge asks Maryland for further study on Purple Line

A federal judge Monday ordered Maryland officials to further scrutinize the potential impact of Metro's declining ridership on the future Purple Line, further delaying construction of the light-rail project in the Washington suburbs and jeopardizing its chances to secure critical federal funding.

The ruling means major construction on the 16-mile line connecting Montgomery and Prince George's counties remains on hold until a federal lawsuit filed by Purple Line opponents is resolved. Construction already has been delayed seven months because of the lawsuit.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon also greatly jeopardizes the project's chances at $900 million in...

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