- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland’s transportation secretary says he believes a light rail in the suburbs of Washington will be built to meet more cost-effective stipulations.

Pete Rahn briefed lawmakers Tuesday on decisions announced last month by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Rahn says the state still needs to see proposals from four teams vying for the project for the more cost-effective plan Hogan supports. Those are due in November. Rahn also says negotiations between officials in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties to contribute more to the Purple Line have been fruitful.

The secretary faced stiff questions from Baltimore lawmakers who are unhappy about Hogan’s decision not to move forward with a Baltimore light rail known as the Red Line. Rahn says the state is working on alternative ways to address the city’s transportation needs.

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