Red Line

Don’t let the opposition fooll you: the Red Line is a great plan for Baltimore and the city will be a better place if the federal government chooses to fund the project.  We all know that public transit in Baltimore is a joke.  Has anyone ever rode the subway?  The Light Rail was a step in the right direction, but it often runs behind schedule and only serves the I-83 corridor.  The only real option are MTA buses, which many people do not like to ride.  The Red Line will be another step toward make Baltimore a more accessible city.

Citizens from Canton are concerned that the Red Line will cause traffic and lower property values in their neighborhoods.  The Red Line will not run on any back streets in Canton.  It will run in tunnels and on major thoroughfares such as Boston Street.  Boston Street is already heavily trafficked and the Red Line may even improve traffic if people opt to use it instead of private cars.  It is, by no means, a quiet street and adding the Red Line will have little affect on property values.  It may even help property values if it gives residents easier access to their downtown offices.

The Red Line, along with most public transportation, will have a significant impact on reducing Baltimore’s carbon footprint.  All Baltimoreans are going to have to learn to deal with minor inconveniences in the name of fighting pollution.  The woman who wanted to put a windmill on her roof in Federal Hill was voted down, but she is only the tip of the ice berg.  Many people will follow her and eventually some one will gain approval.  We are all going to have to make these sacrifices to make our city and state cleaner and to make our lifestyles sustainable.

The Red Line will finally allow for a mass-transit option for cross-city commuters and will help reduce air pollution in our city.  The Bohs and O’s contributors are in firm support of Governor O’Malley in his efforts to make the Red Line a reality.alternate-4c

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5 responses to “Red Line

  1. So much misinformaiton, where to begin?

    “It will run in tunnels and on major thoroughfares such as Boston Street. Boston Street is already heavily trafficked and the Red Line may even improve traffic if people opt to use it instead of private cars.”

    How is it possible that taking away lanes of traffic will reduce congestion? It’s not. The MTA’s own studies say the Red Line will gridlock both East and West Baltimore, increasing commute times by automobile from the East by as much as 15 minutes. The Red line has no potential to reduce traffic – it will be very slow, the MTA estimates no more than 20mph average and this seems idealized. So there’s no incentive for commuters to get out of their cars and ride it. Further, due to restrictions caused by sharing the street with cars, the maximum number of riders is also very low: approximately half as many people as currently ride our metro. So even if commuters DID want to take it, it would fill up before it could really make a dent in traffic.

    Also, you assume that most people who live in Canton and drive to work have jobs that are along the Red Line. How do you support that assumption?

    A former city planner involved in the Red Line project has explained in detail why this is a bad idea here. And that has nothing to do with property value. There are less expensive more effective alternatives, such as running trains along the existing easement, where they would connect with the current rail lines. That is better for all of Baltimore.

    Canton supports mass transit. Canton even supports the Red Line provided it stays under ground for about one half mile more, until it reaches an area where the street is wider just beyond the highest concentration of homes.

    This just scratches the surface of why the Red Line is poorly thought out. To find out more take a look at http://www.baltimoreredlineunderground.org.

    You also failed to mention that at least half the $1.6 billion plus price tag will have to come from Maryland taxpayers – your taxes will go up to pay for this.

    You are right that mass transit here is a joke, let’s not make a bad joke worse with a poorly designed, overpriced addition.

  2. This Canton resident would love to have the heavy rail Metro – YES THE METRO – extended West to Security from State Center and East from Hopkins’ Outpatient Center to Hopkins’ Bayview Center – and while the Metro gets extended – please put a station in between Shot Tower/Market Place and Hopkins’ Outpatient Center. Another plus – THE METRO TUNNEL IS NOT IN A FLOOD PLANE – THE RED LINE TUNNEL IS!

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  5. Wow, this is really getting out of control. I mean, well funded NIMBY assholes from Canton are putting up websites everywhere trying to convince people in Baltimore not to support something that everyone that doesn’t live on the Canton waterfront has wanted for years. Case in point http://www.baltimoreredlineunderground.org

    I say we put this thing to a vote, place it on the ballot and see what the REAL Baltimore thinks about this project. Enough pithy squabbling from Canton about how much you pay in taxes (because we ALL pay a shitload of taxes in this city) and how your opinion should count more because you’re gods-gift-to-Baltimore for being white and still living in the city.

    After the Red Line sails though the ballot, maybe then Canton will realize how much this city NEEDs something like this, and how a bunch of yuppies with parking pads are f-ing it up for the rest of us.

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