Facing pressure from elected officials, an appeals court, and the public to issue a long-delayed decision on Maryland's Purple Line light rail, a federal judge has determined -- five months after he was given the additional analysis that he requested -- that the project needs even more environmental studies.
The Purple Line, a light rail project connecting Maryland's Washington, DC, suburbs, has been bogged down since 2014 by a lawsuit from a group of wealthy NIMBYs. Now, thanks to the inaction of U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon, the process is dragging on even longer -- and the delays are threatening to kill the project entirely.
sustained Koch Brothers-funded attack. Since then, the city has elected a new mayor and decided on a new vision for transit. Yesterday, Mayor Megan Barry said a light rail line would be the first project funded under her plan, which is likely to go before voters next year. While that moves forward, there is a lot Nashville can do in the meantime to improve its lackluster bus network.