I have to admit, when I first heard about tentative plans to build a high-speed maglev train that would make the trip from DC to Baltimore in a blazing fast 15 minutes, I was skeptical. It just sounded too fantastic. But recent events have been proving me wrong–and I’m very happy about that.
As the Baltimore Sun reports, Northeast Maglev, the company behind the high-speed train plan, opened a Baltimore office today. The South Gay Street building, a former firehouse, will serve as the company’s headquarters.
Though Governor Larry Hogan has had a spotty record supporting other transit initiatives in Baltimore, he’s been a strong supporter of the maglev project, particularly since he rode on a train that zipped along at more than 300 mph during a recent trip to Japan.
There are still major obstacles to making this dream a reality — for one, its proposed $12 billion price tag. But there has been talk of the Japanese government subsidizing a big chunk of the cost in order to prove that the technology works. Keep your fingers crossed, Baltimore.
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