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December 7, 2018

Contact: Erin Henson
MDOT Public Affairs


ROCKVILLE, MD – Governor Larry Hogan has been honored by the Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance (SMTA) for his leadership on two major projects that will transform transportation in central Maryland. In a ceremony on December 6, SMTA named Governor Hogan the recipient of its Game Changer Award for his I-495/I-270 Traffic Relief Plan and $5.6 billion Purple Line light rail project. When complete, the projects will significantly relieve traffic congestion and bolster the region’s transit network.

“Our administration remains committed to getting Marylanders moving again by improving our highways, enhancing our transit systems, and improving the quality of life for our citizens,” said Governor Hogan. “These transformative projects will dramatically reduce traffic congestion statewide. I am honored to receive this award and will continue to deliver transportation solutions for our state.”

Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn accepted the Game Changer Award on behalf of Governor Hogan at the SMTA’s Transportation Leadership Awards Dinner. Secretary Rahn was joined by transportation and business leaders from throughout the region.

“Under Governor Hogan’s visionary leadership, the Traffic Relief Plan and Purple Line project truly are game changers that will transform the way Maryland moves,” said Secretary Rahn.

The Traffic Relief Plan, a proposed public-private partnership now under federal review, will relieve congestion on two of Maryland’s busiest highways. Approximately 500,000 motorists use I-495 and I-270 every day.

The 16.2-mile Purple Line, under construction in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, will feature 21 stops and connect with the existing Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) network. The new line will increase transit options for thousands of Marylanders.

Along with Governor Hogan’s award, the SMTA on Thursday presented its Regional Leader Award to WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld and its Legislative Leader Award to Del. Marc Korman (D-Montgomery County) for their support of WMATA. Maryland has pledged $2.6 million to WMATA over the next six years, a $1 billion increase.

The SMTA provides policy analysis, public education and advocacy for a more efficient, safe and balanced transportation network in suburban Maryland.

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