Baltimore City Officials Air Frustrations at Meeting With Hogan Administration on Red Line

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Red Line Station (rendering)
Red Line Station (rendering)

Members of Congress and city officials got a chance to tell Larry Hogan’s administration what they thought about the governor’s decision to halt the Red Line at a Monday morning meeting. According to tweets from Sen. Bill Ferguson, the state is planning to have an alternative plan to the Red Line in 60 days.

Members of the media were asked to leave the closed-door meeting, but State Sen. Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) kept the coverage up by live-tweeting.

Leaders were presented with a list of priorities the MTA could implement to improve transit, like decreasing trip times, increasing speed of service and making more jobs accessible by transit. Ferguson called this “transit planning by multiple choice.”

Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn said the state was “listening” to alternatives, and suggested that improvements to the MARC and Metro were “Baltimore City investments,” according to Ferguson.

Meanwhile, Gov. Larry Hogan’s Twitter account touted his $2 billion investment in state roads and highways, which were announced at the same time as the Red Line decision.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski also attended, and bemoaned the loss of $900 million in funding the state received from the federal government.

 



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