Calls for Entry

Literary Artist Opportunity for the Maryland Purple Line

By Arturo Ramos (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons.

By Arturo Ramos (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons.

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Deadline: Thursday, December 1 at 8pm EDT

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Overview of the Opportunity
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Project Management Consultant (PMC) is seeking literary artists to create a story to be integrated into the design and infrastructure of the future Purple Line transit corridor in suburban Washington, DC. This is a call to all types of writers who wish to be considered for this opportunity to create a story that captures the essence of the corridor and text that will be incorporated into the stations along the line to be discovered by the ridership. This call will be used to generate a pool of candidates who could be selected to compete for this commission in the future.

The Purple Line is a new, 16-mile-long light-rail line extending from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. Opportunities anticipated relate to stations (underground, surface and elevated) as well as infrastructure elements between the stations. Construction of the Purple Line is expected to begin by 2017 and end in 2022. The Purple Line will include an Art-in-Transit component that is expected to include a wide range of artist enhancements of the station infrastructure, of which this project is a part. For more information about the Purple Line light-rail line, visit: www.PurpleLineMD.com.

This Call to Literary Artists / Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is being issued by the Project Management Consultant (PMC), who is contracted to provide planning, engineering and design services for the Purple Line on behalf of the MTA. Final design, construction and operation services has been contracted to a public-private partnership, Purple Line Transit Partners, that will be the Management and Implementation entity for the Art-in-Transit Program and will use the literary artist pool developed by this process to issue solicitations for artists to compete for specific project opportunities.

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