DALLAS -- Maryland has only itself to blame for losses stemming from the court-ordered delay in its $5.6 billion Purple Line rail line, according to the federal judge who blocked the project in August.

District Court Judge Richard Leon vacated the Purple Line’s federal environmental approval last year just days before Maryland would have signed a full funding agreement for a $900 million New Starts grant from the Federal Transit Administration for the 16-mile rail line being financed as a public-private partnership.

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