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Diana Furchtgott-Roth: Why the Washington D.C. suburbs need to rethink this light-rail project

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both say that more infrastructure spending is needed. But some infrastructure projects are wasteful and unnecessary. Take, for example, the Purple Line, a 16-mile light-rail project running east-west in the Maryland suburbs close to Washington D.C.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon has wisely issued a stay on the construction of the $2.5 billion project. He has called for a supplemental environmental impact study to perform another estimate of ridership figures, to see whether the estimated benefits of the project justify the certain costs.

The Washington Metro has seen a spate of costly and even deadly incidents over the past year, including fires and derailments.

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