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PROJECT BACKGROUND

In 2002, the Baltimore Region Rail System Plan identified the need for better east-west connections across the Baltimore region. This corridor, identified as the Red Line, advanced through more than a decade (2002-2015) of planning, community engagement, and engineering work as it moved through federal funding and environmental analysis processes. The Baltimore Red Line project incorporated several important community needs identified through an extensive community involvement process.

 

These priorities include:

 

  • Improve transit efficiency and reduce congestion
  • Increase access to transit near work and activity centers
  • Better connect to existing transit service
  • Provide transportation choices for commuters
  • Support economic development and community revitalization

 

In 2008, the MDOT Secretary, MTA Administrator, Mayor of Baltimore City, and dozens of community and organization leaders signed the Red Line Community Compact that defined measures of success for the implementation of the project. In 2010, Station Area Advisory Committees were formed to provide local insights for the Red Line station plans and designs along the entire corridor.

 

red line project timeline and milestones

 

In 2015, the Red Line project was cancelled, but the insights and commitments from the previous community engagement provide a strong foundation upon which the project can build during the relaunch of the project in 2023.

View past project documents on the Resources page.

CENTRAL MARYLAND REGIONAL TRANSIT PLAN & EAST-WEST CORRIDOR FEASIBILITY STUDY 

 

 

In 2020, The Maryland Transit Administration and its regional partners created the Central Maryland Regional Transit Plan, establishing a vision for mobility over the next 25 years. This plan identified Regional Transit Corridors demonstrating demand for major investments in high-quality transit options. The East-West Corridor was one of the first two corridors selected to advance for further study. The 2022 East-West Corridor Feasibility Study explored a range of alternatives that could serve existing and future east-west transit demand including alternatives that extended west to Ellicott City and east to Essex; as well as different modes. Through extensive community outreach and engagement, as well as partnering with local jurisdictions and residents, MTA evaluated alternatives based on goals and objectives consistent with those established in the previous Red Line Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Purpose & Need.

East-West Corridor Study findings included:

  • Transit demand warrants investment in a high-quality transit service, which may best be served by Light Rail Transit (LRT) and/or Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Both LRT and BRT have been implemented across the country.
  • Public engagement during the Study showed strong support for the previous Red Line Preferred Alternative, reflecting the highest number of people who expressed support for a specific alternative.
  • While support for tunneling a portion of the Red Line alignment was expressed as a way to fully separate the transit service from vehicular traffic, many commenters also indicated concern about the potential costs, property takings, and climate change resilience. The public and Baltimore City and County expressed an openness to re-evaluate the need for tunneling and to explore at-grade solutions.
  • Other communities in the study area (listed below) also have transit needs and showed public support. Transit improvements in these areas will continue to be studied and advanced through other projects.
    • The east-west corridor north of Patterson Park
    • Connections west into Howard County, including Ellicott City
    • The segment of Eastern Avenue from Bayview to the Essex Park & Ride

 

image of previous out reach along the corridor

Previous out reach along the corridor

More information on the East-West Corridor Study findings can be found on the RTP Corridors website

STAYING ENGAGED

We are committed to a robust, transparent community engagement process built around equitable opportunity to both access information and inform the project as it advances. We will be reaching out to communities early and often; we have a team in place to make sure that engagement is targeted and timed appropriately so that communities can directly impact the decisions that are most relevant to them.

While outreach and engagement will be ongoing throughout the project, there are two periods of focused public engagement planned in 2023 during July-August and October-November to align with project milestones and decision-making. Information will be posted to the website and social media as public engagement opportunities, including pop-up events and workshops, are scheduled. Outreach materials and surveys from in-person events will also be made available through the website and on social media.

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