Baltimore’s Metro Subway and Light Rail riders have a couple weeks to prepare for some service interruptions coming next month, as the state plots track maintenance or replacements for the transit systems.
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State transportation officials are preparing to close down seven light rail stops in the city starting next Tuesday in order to make some major repairs.
CityLab blasted Gov. Larry Hogan for trumpeting a $700 million investment in ridding West Baltimore of blighted vacants after killing the $1.235 billion Red Line.
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.
What do you do when a French rail company that transported 76,000 Holocaust victims to concentration camp — and has never paid reparations — bids on a $6 billion contract to operate Maryland’s light rail Purple Line? Del. Kirill Reznik (D-Montgomery) sponsored a bill that would force Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF), the majority owner of Keolis North America, to pay reparations before being considered for the contract.
Unfortunately, that bill could violate the Federal Transit Administration’s rule “against imposing conditions on a single bidder.” That means federal funding for the project (up to $900 million) could be lost.
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Relying on public transit in Baltimore makes me feel like Don Quixote, Ignatius Reilly, and “Ratso” Rizzo all rolled into one. As a rare “choice” rider in this city—someone who could afford a car (albeit a crappy one) but chooses to walk and ride instead—I’m accustomed to ruling out activities in whole chunks of the city. I go out most nights, but this means allocating extra time in each trip for buses that never come, trains that creep at half the speed they could, and long walks to destinations that should have service but don’t.