DALLAS -- Time may be running out for Maryland’s $5.6 billion Purple Line P3 rail project now that a federal judge has extended a delay of the 16-mile rail project until more ridership studies can be carried out.

State officials have said they would have to shut down planning and design work for the project on June 1 if there is “no foreseeable path” toward resolution of the lawsuit delaying the project. Maryland would have 60 days to decide whether to back out of the P3 agreement signed with private investors last year. The state could face termination costs of almost $900 million if the project is halted.

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