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Purple Line update for Maryland Senate committee

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the Purple Line project.

The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee is scheduled to get an overview from the Maryland Department of Transportation on Thursday.

The department will talk about the public-private pre-solicitation report for the transit project.

The Purple Line is a proposed 16-mile light rail line with 21 stations between Bethesda and New Carrollton. It's estimated to cost about $2.15 billion.

In early August, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced that the state would provide $400 million toward the construction of the Purple Line and another $280 million for design and land purchase funding.

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