Based on technical analysis and public input, MTA recommends Light Rail Transit as the Red Line’s mode. LEARN MORE


The Red Line will be a high-frequency, high-capacity light rail line for the Baltimore Region, and will be an investment in residents’ access to jobs, education, services, and opportunities.




Since the Red Line relaunch in June 2023, we’ve built on prior studies and extensive community participation to move this project forward quickly so we can meet our region’s current needs and goals.


As we move forward, we will continue to work with jurisdictional partners, stakeholders, and the public to:

  • Help define the most important needs that the project should address
  • Weigh the pros and cons of different options
  • Reach a preferred alternative that reflects current and future conditions and priorities

Summer 2023

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Project is relaunched by Governor Wes Moore

Fall 2023

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Completed detailed study of project costs, benefits & impacts

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Received & incorporated public feedback to define preferences on trade-offs

Winter 2023/2024

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Synthesized technical analysis and public engagement findings

Summer 2024

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Announced Light Rail as mode




MTA has analyzed the feasibility of using the current Metro Subway tunnel and implementing the Red Line project with a phased approach and has determined it is not a good option for several reasons. First, a phased HRT option using the existing tunnel does not match the goals for the project or address the needs of the corridor. Second, heavy rail requires grade separation, requiring tunnels or elevated sections, which would add significant complexity, risk, and years to complete the project. Third, the existing stations and proposed alignments do not align. Fourth, a phased approach creates a longer time to fully implement the project that could span decades and future phases are unlikely to proceed. Finally, the project would likely not be competitive for federal funding.


MTA’s transit system has over 300,000 daily trips using its Metro Subway, Light Rail, MARC train, and bus systems. Many of MTA’s top-ridership bus routes travel along the proposed Red Line corridor and increasing capacity in these corridors is needed. The proposed Red Line Light Rail corridor is the Baltimore Region’s high-ridership corridor with an estimated Average Daily Total Projected Trips accumulating between 28,500 and 35,500 riders. Investing in our high-ridership corridors with premium transit builds upon the system’s strengths and provides our riders with the excellent service they need and deserve.


The Red Line project is currently in the planning phase of the project where alternatives and alignments are being analyzed to determine the best alternative to move forward into design. Part of the planning process is determining the impacts along the corridor including property that would be needed to implement the project. The Red Line project team will make every effort to avoid any involuntary residential displacements along the 14-mile corridor. The project team will continue to work with the communities along the corridor about the right-of-way needs as the project progresses.


Your participation is essential to make the future of Red Line a reality.

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