First rail laid on Maryland's Purple Line light rail

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LANHAM, Md. — The first section of rail has been laid on a 16-mile light rail project connection New Carrollton and Bethesda, Md.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was among officials taking part in the first-rail ceremony Thursday for the Purple Line, WTOP Radio reports.

Construction began two years ago on the $5.6-billion project. Its 21-station route will connect to the DC Metro rail system, as well as MARC and Amtrak trains. Operations are projected to begin in 2023.

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