USA: The Maryland Transit Administration held a ceremony on July 30 to mark the topping out of the Glenridge Operations & Maintenance Facility being built for the future Purple Line light rail route.
Planned to accommodate 200 staff when fully operational, the 15 800 m2 site will contain the operations control centre and the maintenance depot for the fleet of 26 five-section light rail vehicles being supplied by CAF.
Due to be complete in 2022, the 25·7 km Purple Line will serve 21 stops between Bethesda and New Carrollton in the northern suburbs of Washington DC.
The Purple Line Transit Partners consortium of Meridiam, Fluor Enterprises and Star America has a PPP concession to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the line.
A joint venture led by Fluor Enterprises and including The Lane Construction Corp and Traylor Bros is the design-build contractor. Another Flour-led consortium will provide 30 years of operations and maintenance. Purple Line Transit Operators also includes Alternate Concepts and CAF USA. Project management consultants include WSP USA.