DC Residents' Challenge To $5.6B Purple Line Funding Axed

Law360 (March 5, 2019, 9:42 PM EST) -- A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Tuesday scrapped local residents' second attempt to derail construction of the $5.6 billion Purple Line rail extension, saying they do not have standing to challenge the federal funding agreement for the project.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon granted motions to dismiss from federal and Maryland transportation officials seeking to dump a six-count amended complaint from Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail and local residents John MacKnight Fitzgerald, Christine Real de Azua and Anna Haac challenging an August 2017 funding agreement for the Purple Line.

"Unfortunately for the plaintiffs, this second attempt to stop the...

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