MTA Unveils 7 East-West Transit Alternatives for Baltimore Community Input Sought
by Bruce DePuyt
Posted June 2 in Maryland Issues
Excerpt: When Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. pulled the plug on the Pink Line in 2015, he slammed the prolonged-prepared Baltimore task, calling it a “wasteful boondoggle.” The almost $1 billion in federal funding that Maryland experienced secured to establish the rail line was returned to the U.S. Treasury for use elsewhere.
7 many years afterwards, the Maryland Transit Administration has unveiled a new established of transit choices that would provide the Baltimore location in comparable approaches. The company hopes the public will study the choices and provide feedback.
Transit advocates explained the new study will present the state’s new governor and legislature a refreshing get started. They say the lack of reliable mass transit is holding the area back again economically.
The seven alternate options change in length, value, time for development, the communities served, the quantity of stops they would make, and how a lot of vehicle trips they would supplant.
In an job interview, MTA Administrator Holly Arnold identified as the launch of the feasibility research “a very big step” in advancing the state’s Central Maryland Regional Transit Strategy. Although no one line can provide everybody, she acknowledged, a properly-prepared rail procedure can help men and women get the place they require to go.