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One of Maryland’s top Purple Line planners is leaving the job

Henry Kay, one of the Maryland Transit Administration’s top planners on the light-rail Purple Line project, is leaving his state job.

As the MTA’s executive director for transit development and delivery, Kay has been integral to planning for the 16-mile east-west Purple Line proposed to link Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. His last day is Friday.

In an interview Thursday, Kay said his leaving the agency is “totally voluntary” because he wants to pursue a private sector job. Though he has worked primarily for Democratic governors, Kay said his departure isn’t related to Republican Larry Hogan recently taking over the governor’s mansion. After months of hand-wringing over the fate of Maryland’s transit projects following Hogan’s election in November, the governor recently killed a 14-mile light-rail Red Line planned for Baltimore, a project that Kay also oversaw. Hogan approved a cheaper version of the Purple Line — now estimated to cost about $2 billion — but reduced the state’s contribution by more than $500 million.

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