Two transit lines in Montgomery County look to advance with money from the state in fiscal 2015, which begins July 1.
Maryland Gov. Martin J. O’Malley (D) has included $158.9 million in his proposed fiscal 2015 budget to move the Purple Line — a 16-mile light rail that would connect Bethesda to New Carrollton — into construction.
He has also proposed $10 million in state funding for engineering the Corridors Cities Transitway, a 15.3-mile bus rapid transit line that will connect the Shady Grove Metro Station to Clarksburg.
The state Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013 raised the state tax on gasoline, creating a steady funding source that will supply $4.4 billion in six years to expand and improve transportation infrastructure.
The governor has proposed $653.9 million of his $4.1 billion capital budget go to the Maryland Transit Administration, which oversees transit in the state.
The state budget is now in the hands of the General Assembly.