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Ehrlich Wants To Scrap Red And Purple Line

Ehrlich To Scrap Red And Purple Line If Elected

According to an article in the Baltimore Sun today, Robert L. Ehrlich, former Maryland Governor and challenger to incumbent Governor Martin O’Malley, announced his intentions to scrap proposed light rail projects during a small business round table discussion in Montgomery County.

From the Baltimore Sun (excerpts):

Ehrlich told the group he would go back to his plan for high-speed buses on the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and be “open to ideas” about Baltimore’s Red Line. He said he would prefer to spend the money on the MARC commuter rail system and the Washington Metro — not on these new light rail lines.

The state has applied to the federal government for funding of the two transit lines  as light rail projects. If approved, the federal share of the cost would likely be 50 percent — leaving Maryland to raise  the other half. The O’Malley administration has put off any decision on funding until its hears from the Federal Transit Administration on whether it will approve either project.

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Canton Screams NIMBY at Proposed Red Line.
April 27, 2009, 2:59 pm
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Baltimore Red Line OppositionNot In My Back Yard!

That is what the residents of Baltimore’s upscale Canton neighborhood are saying in response to the proposed East-West Red Line light rail, which is the city’s current public transportation priority.

According to a recent article by Michael Dresser in the Baltimore Sun, Canton residents want the light rail to pass underground or not at all.  Dresser states that in the current plan, known as Alternate 4-C, “The line would run in a tunnel under downtown and Fells Point. But it would rise from the depths on Aliceanna Street and run on the surface along Boston Street – the broad avenue that separates the luxury waterfront development to the south from the trendy night spots and the Safeway and Starbucks on the north.”

Canton is organizing to oppose this plan and several residents Dresser interviewed shared their disapproval.  Dresser reports, “Ben Rosenberg, a lawyer who lives along the Canton waterfront, is convinced that Alternative 4-C would ‘debase’ if not ‘destroy’ his neighborhood.”

For the full Baltimore Sun article, CLICK HERE.