More Important than the Purple Line? Prince George’s County’s #1 priority Transportation Project Gets Funding

If you guessed that the Purple line is priority number one for Prince George’s County’s when it comes to transportation projects, you guessed wrong. But luckily the County doesn't have to choose between the two.

Although Maryland government just announced that the light-rail Purple Line will get funding, the number one request for state monies was the upgrade of the I-95/I-495 partial interchange at Greenbelt Metro station.

Why is this infrastructure project so important? The Greenbelt I-95/I-495 partial interchange would become a full interchange but more importantly it would be the gateway to the FBI headquarters if the site is chosen by the GSA, the Federal government's real estate arm.

The land around Greenbelt Metro Station is one of three sites (Springfield, Va and another site in Landover being the others) selected by the by the GSA for a new FBI headquarters and the potential for 11,000 highly paid employees. The site is also the first choice for the State and County.

The total cost of the project will be $185 million with $50 million of that amount coming from Prince George’s County. Construction is expected to start in 2017. The commitment from the state could push the Greenbelt site ahead of the other two selected locations because the funding is already in place for major transportation improvements.

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