DALLAS - Six potential private-sector partners responded to Maryland's proposal to fund, build and operate a $2.2 billion light rail commuter line under the state's newly adopted public-private partnership law.

The request for qualifications for the 16-mile Purple Line was issued in November after the state Board of Public Works approved the state's plan calling for a single partner that will be responsible for providing up to $900 million of private financing to design, build, operate and maintain the project.

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