By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory and legal issues, ARTBA 

A federal district court April 13 struck down the third attempt by a handful of suburban Maryland residents to stop the $6 billion Purple Line light-rail project. The same group failed in two earlier court challenges to one of the nation’s largest public-private partnership (P3) transit projects.

The latest complaint alleged that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) improperly granted a Clean Water Act permit necessary for construction to proceed. The court disagreed. The judge wrote, “the evidence does not support their claim that the Corps’ decision to issue the Permit was ‘arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with law.’”

ARTBA helped the 16-mile project between Bethesda and New Carrolton secure $900 in federal funding toward the cost, and filed an amicus brief to support the project against the litigious neighborhood group.