Maryland’s Department of Transportation will partner with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to identify and train workers for two proposed multi-billion dollar transportation projects, according to an article in Thursday’s Baltimore Business Journal.
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The Red Line project calls for the construction of a 14.1 mile public rail transit line, designed to connect Baltimore’s east and west sides by 2021 and provide a better connection between Baltimore employers and their workforce, at an estimated cost of $2.5 billion. The Purple Line is proposed as a 16 mile light rail project aimed at connecting Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties between Bethesda and New Carrolton by 2020. The estimated cost for Purple Line construction is $2.15 billion.
According to the Business Journal article, the DLLR will look to form partnerships with labor unions, workforce development agencies, community organizations and contractors to find and train candidates for skilled trade jobs such as heavy equipment operators, electricians, brick/stone masons, iron workers, and carpenters. It is expected that the two projects will create about 7,000 construction jobs in the region.
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