Baltimore’s Red Line To Be Light Rail – Again

Gov. Wes Moore’s charge to resurrect an east-west transportation line in Baltimore took another step forward Friday with the announcement that the state will seek to build a second light rail line through the city.

Moore, a Democrat, made building the Red Line project a central focus of his campaign and first year in office. The announcement today, which included a new logo for the project, is another early step toward fulfilling that goal, which could stretch out beyond Moore’s current term.

“This is the right choice for Baltimore. It’s the fair choice for Baltimore, and it’s the right and the fair choice for the state of Maryland,” Moore said.

“It’s going to have a direct impact on the everyday lives of our neighbors. It will help the single parent who needs to commute across town to get to work,” Moore said. “It will help the high school student who needs to get to school in another part of the city. It will help Marylanders of all backgrounds travel from where they live to where opportunity lies.”

Moore estimated that when the state finally begins construction the project will bring 5,000 jobs in its initial phase. He said construction will “drive over $10 billion in economic activity” and $6 billion in income for local workers.

Moore’s announcement Friday resolves only the question of which mode will be used. Officials considered several options including bus rapid transit, light rail and subway, and a mixture of those.