ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Transportation officials in Maryland have suspended new construction contracts, hiring and procurement for a proposed light rail project.
Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn said in a statement Wednesday that the steps were necessary because a judge ordered further study of the project's ridership estimates.
Rahn says Maryland has filed an appeal of Tuesday's ruling, but there's no timeline for a response.
Work on the 16-mile line has been delayed for months because of a federal suit filed by opponents of the line to connect Montgomery and Prince George's counties.