On January 8, 2014, the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transit Administration announced that four teams were short-listed to submit proposals to design, build, construct, finance, operate and maintain the Purple Line Project through a public-private partnership (“P3”). The estimated $2.2 billion Purple Line Project is 16.2 mile light rail transit line that extends from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County, connecting major activity centers inside the Capital Beltway. The four teams, representing a combination of American and European firms, were selected from six private-sector teams that submitted statements of qualification in response to the Purple Line’s Request for Qualifications issued on November 8, 2013.
The four teams in alphabetical order are:
Maryland Purple Line Partners ( Vinci Concessions, S.A.s; Walsh Investors, LLC; InfraRed Capital Partners, Limited; Alstom Transport SA and Keolis SA)
Maryland Transit Connectors ( John Laing Investments Limited; Kiewit Development Company; and Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate LLC)
Purple Line Transit Partners (Meridiam Infrastructure Purple Line; Flour Enterprises, Inc.; Star America Fund GP LLC)
Purple Line Alliance (Macquarie Capital Group and Skanska Infrastructure Development, Inc.)
Transportation Secretary James T. Smith Jr. stated “After careful review and deliberation, I am announcing the decision to move forward with four private teams for this public-private partnership project. These teams clearly demonstrated their qualifications to deliver this important project in their responses to our Request for Qualifications.” Evaluation criteria included teams’ prior experience, proposer’s personnel and organization, financing capabilities, and overall approach. The Purple Line project is expected to be one of the largest P3 transit concession projects in U.S. history, with construction beginning in 2015.