SUITLAND, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley has announced $650 million in transportation projects in Prince George’s County.

The governor said Monday the projects will be designed to ease traffic congestion and boost jobs.

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O’Malley noted the projects have been made possible by a gas tax increase that was approved in the legislative session. It is Maryland’s first gas tax increase in two decades.

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The biggest item is $280 million to complete right-of-way acquisition and final design for the Purple Line, a planned 16-mile light rail line with 21 stations between Bethesda and New Carrollton.

The projects that were announced include $150 million to build a new interchange on Maryland Route 4 at Suitland Parkway. Another $100 million will be used to build an interchange on Maryland Route 210 at Kerby Hill-Livingston Road.

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