Gov. Larry Hogan ended months of speculation and wrote Baltimore City off the map when he killed the Red Line commuter rail project earlier this month. But that’s not the end of our efforts to read the transit tea leaves. Another period of wondering seems in our future after Hogan told WBAL radio’s C4 show that his administration is working on alternatives to the Red Line.
On the show, Hogan claimed he hasn’t heard any ideas since shelving the $3 billion east-west commuter rail from Woodlawn to Bayview.
“So far we’ve heard a lot of complaints about ‘We didn’t get what we wanted’ . . . but we haven’t heard a single suggestion or an alternative. . . Our department is working on it,” he said, according to the Washington Post.
Maybe Hogan is referring to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s assertion that the city had no Plan B for the Red Line. Being faithful readers of transit news, we’ve seen a couple of alternatives, so let’s quickly review.
For one, Hogan’s lieutenant governor, Boyd Rutherford, suggested that rapid bus service is “the way to go” in Baltimore, according to a Baltimore Business Journal report. Rutherford said he liked the idea because bus routes can be reconfigured.
The Right Rail Coalition has also offered a commuter plan that’s $1 billion and one downtown tunnel cheaper than the Red Line proposal that Hogan nixed. Back in the fall, state reps said Hogan’s people have seen the plan.
Seems like there are a few starting points.
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