WASHINGTON - The Montgomery, Md., County Council this week approved an east-west, light-rail system that would connect Montgomery and Prince George's counties, moving the $1.2 billion "Purple Line" project forward after more than 20 years of planning.

Project officials plan to seek Federal Transit Administration dollars to help finance up to half of the project, but they would not speculate whether tax-exempt bonds would be used to help with construction costs.

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