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Baltimore Public Transit Gets a Little Worse as 3 Light Rail Stations Close

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Photo via Wikipedia
Photo via Wikipedia

If you rely on the Mount Washington, Cold Spring, or Woodberry light rail stations to get around town, consider this your fair warning — the city has decided to close all three stations for emergency repairs starting on Friday.

The culprit? Erosion. Which, as you may remember, caused a leetle transit problem last month, as an entire city block collapsed. Heavy rains in the Baltimore area have made already-existing erosion problems even worse, and the city determined that it was better to deal with the problem now rather than wait for another disaster. To put things in perspective: The 26th Street collapse will cost around $18.5 million to repair, while these preemptive light rail fixes will add up to only about $1.5 million. That’s why we fix things before they fall apart.

Baltimore to See Trees Planted After All!

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Okay, so we’ve accepted that the trees promised by the Grand Prix’s penniless — and since dismissed — Baltimore Racing Development company probably aren’t coming through (the ground). But we’re breathing easier to hear about the State Highway Administration’s upcoming efforts to plant a whopping 28,000 trees — plus, the additional plantings in store by another vital program, TreeBaltimore. In light of a new study by the U.S. Forest Service, revealing that 17 of 20 U.S. cities have lost tree cover, with Baltimore’s leafy loss among the worst of the bunch, we need good green news just now.

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