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Topic - Henry Kay
Federal officials have given Maryland the green light to continue planning for its proposed Purple Line light-rail route, though looming federal budget cuts could still slow or derail the $1.9 billion project.
Henry Kay, MTA's executive director for transit development and delivery, said planners were encouraged that the FTA gave the project a medium-high rating — typically the best rating given on its low-to-high scale.
He said that the MTA expects to reach a funding agreement with federal officials by 2013, and that the federal share potentially could be less than 50 percent.