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Purple Line Project

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Project Type: 
Public Transit
Sponsor / Borrower: 
Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)
Maryland Transit Administration (MTA)
Purple Line Transit Partners, LLC (PLTP)
Credit Agreement Status: 
Active
TIFIA Assistance: 
$874.6 million
Primary Revenue Pledge: 
Availability Payments
Duration / Status: 

Substantial completion is expected in 2022.

Fiscal Year Closed: 
FY2016
Project Description: 

The Purple Line Project is a 16-mile, 21-station light rail transit line that will connect several communities in Maryland, from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County.  The corridor is located along the Capital Beltway near Washington, D.C., in a densely populated area with continued commercial, institutional, mixed-use, and residential development.   The Project will include five major activity center stations (Bethesda, Silver Spring, Takoma-Langley Park, College Park, and New Carrollton) and 16 smaller stations that serve residential communities, commercial districts, and institutional establishments.  It will also provide direct connections to three branches of the existing Metrorail system, all three MARC commuter rail lines, and Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor line.  Although the Project will provide direct connections with Metrorail and MARC, it will remain physically and operationally separate. 

MDOT and MTA entered into a public-private partnership (P3) agreement on April 7, 2016 with a special purpose company comprised of several leading design, construction, and maintenance firms to facilitate delivery and amplify performance of the asset.  Under the terms of this agreement, the private partners will accept risk from MDOT and MTA in exchange for availability payments, and they will complete five third-party projects that will complement the completed Purple Line.

The Purple Line Project is primarily intended to address severe traffic congestion and improve mobility for transit-dependent neighborhoods, providing for an east-west transit option to complement the north-south option currently available through the existing Metrorail system and MARC lines.  The Project is expected to reduce travel times by approximately 40% and eliminate approximately 17,000 auto trips per day.

Funding Sources: 
  • Progress Payments: $860M
  • Revenue Service Availability Payment: $100M
  • Final Completion Payment: $30M
  • Short-term Private Activity Bonds (PABs): $100M
  • Long-term PABs: $213M
  • PABS Premium: $54.3M
  • TIFIA Loan: $874.6M
  • Equity: $138.5M
  • Interest Income: $6.8M
  • MTA Funds: $608.879M
Project Delivery / Contract Method: 

Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (DBFOM)

Project Advisors / Consultants: 

To the MDOT and MTA:

  • Legal Advisor:  Nossaman LLP
  • Financial Advisor:  Bank of Montreal Capital Markets GKST Inc.

To Borrower:

  • Financial Advisor: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
  • Legal Advisor: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Lender’s Counsel: Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Lead Underwriter: J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC
  • Lead Underwriter – RBC Capital Markets

To USDOT TIFIA JPO:

  • TIFIA Financial Advisor: Sherman & Sterling LLP
  • TIFIA Legal Advisor: Greengate LLC
Project Lender(s): 
Bondholders, USDOT TIFIA
TIFIA Credit Assistance Detail: 

Direct loan: $874.6 million.  The TIFIA loan will be repaid through September 2050.

Financial Status: 
The TIFIA credit agreement was signed on June 14, 2016. Principal repayment of the TIFIA loan will begin with substantial completion of delivery and will amortize through a 29-year maturity with final maturity anticipated in 2050.
Innovations: 
  • Proof of Payment (PoP) fare collection system
  • Third-party construction projects built into P3 agreement
  • Use of single-car vehicles to reduce overall train length
Project Contacts: 

Jeffery D. Ensor

TDD Chief of Staff and Director of Project Delivery & Finance

Maryland Transit Administration

Office of Transit Development and Delivery (TDD)

100 S. Charles Street, Tower II, 7th Floor

Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone# (443) 278-7200 

Email: jensor@mta.maryland.gov 

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