Amid the hype around plans for a high-speed Maglev train that would shuttle passengers from Baltimore to Washington D.C. in 15 minutes, hundreds of residents from Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties are less than thrilled about the prospect of a train moving at hundreds of miles per hour through their towns. Tonight in Annapolis, they’ll protest to make that clear.
Seven Maryland lawmakers have asked the state forego building a high-speed train route through their towns in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.
The public will have a chance to weigh in on exactly what construction of a high-speed Maglev train line between D.C. and Baltimore might entail at a series of meetings scattered throughout the area next week.
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.
The backers of a train that would ping commuters from D.C. to Baltimore in a mere 15 minutes already floated their plans in Baltimore earlier this fall. This week, the bullet train boosters showed the national business media types the train in Japan. But given the hard realities of building such a massive project, are we all being taken for a ride?
When I first heard about the proposed high-speed train that would rocket passengers from Baltimore to DC in around 15 minutes, I thought what many other people did: Great idea, but fat chance it’ll ever happen. Well, it’s looking like my pessimism might’ve been unwarranted; this week, the company that’s proposing to build the train announced that it already has $5 billion in funding, more than half the project’s estimated $8 billion cost. That’s $1 billion more than they were planning on lending a few months ago.
What if you could commute from Baltimore to DC in 15 minutes? You could just hop down to Washington for a delicious lunch of Ethiopian food, or a quick trot around the Smithsonian. District residents looking for a bargain would buy up every rowhouse within a 1 mile radius of Penn Station. Maybe the two cities would eventually merge, creating one strange and huge megalopolis…