Purple Line at least a year behind schedule, reports show

FILE — In this photo taken in September 2018, workers put up rebar and spray special concrete behind it to hold the tunnel for the Purple Line in place. (WTOP/Max Smith)

The Purple Line is a light rail line that will connect the New Carrollton and Bethesda Metro stations. (Courtesy Maryland Transit Administration)

Machinery digs into the Purple Line tunnel. (WTOP/Max Smith)

The excavation machine works four feet at a time on each eight-hour shift. (WTOP/Max Smith)

The Purple Line is at least a year behind schedule, reports show. (WTOP/Max Smith)

For now, excavators are digging a tunnel about 20 feet high and 40 feet wide. After the tunnel breaks through at the other end, crews will go back through to dig another 10 feet or so down so that there is room for the concrete slab that will eventually hold the tracks. (WTOP/Max Smith)

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