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Fluor-led joint venture breaks ground on Maryland transit project

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The Purple Line Transit Partners joint venture team, comprising Fluor Corp., Meridiam Infrastructure Purple Line LLC and Star America Purple Line LLC, has broken ground on the Purple Line Light Rail project for the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transit Administration.

The joint venture team also signed the Federal Transit Administration’s Full Funding Grant Agreement of $900 million from its Capital Investments Grant Program. Receiving the grant advances a 16-mile new transit option for Maryland residents in one of the most highly congested corridors in the nation, according to a news release.

“Fluor is honored to break ground today on the second transit public-private partnership project in the U.S.,” said Hans Dekker, president of Fluor’s infrastructure business line, in the release. “We bring robust megaproject experience and industry-leading abilities to successfully design, build, finance and manage complex projects. Fluor and our partners are currently operating the Denver Eagle P3 commuter rail project, the only other transit P3 in the country and we look forward to building on its success to deliver the Purple Line.”

Fluor, which is based in Irving, Texas, and has an office Greenville, is participating in the entire, 36-year life cycle of the $5.6 billion project.

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