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.