Baltimore's planning and transportation chiefs oppose maglev

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Baltimore's planning and transportation chiefs oppose maglev

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Baltimore's planning and transportation chiefs told the Federal Railroad Administration that they oppose the construction of the maglev, because they have concerns about equity and its effect on the environment. Baltimore’s four-page response detailed officials’ concerns about the effects of the train and the proposed Camden Yards or Cherry Hill stations on local communities and the environment.

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Baltimore recommends against building $10 B maglev train to Washington

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Baltimore officially came out against the proposed high-speed Northeast Maglev train to Washington, recommending against building it due to concerns about equity and the project’s effects on the environment. Using Japanese superconducting magnetic levitation technology, the train promises to shorten the trip between Baltimore and Washington to 15 minutes before eventually being expanded to New York, creating an hourlong trip between the nation’s capital and its most populated city.
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Baltimore Officials’ Rejection of Maglev

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The proposed “super-conducting magnetic levitation” — or “Maglev”— train, modeled after an existing system that opened in Japan in the 1980s, is capable of traveling at 311 miles per hour, enough to get people between the two cities in 15 minutes. It is backed by Japan Central Railroad and is currently undergoing environmental review.

In a May 14 letter to the Maryland Department of Planning, two senior members of Scott’s team urged state and federal transportation officials to reject the project.

The letter laid out a host of reasons why the project should not move forward.

Among them:
  • Proposed stations — in Cherry Hill and Camden Yards — would be incompatible with existing and planned structures.
  • Jurisdictions in the project’s path “would not be served by the SCMAGLEV” but they “would be subjected to the construction impacts.”
  • Fear that home- and business-owners in Baltimore would suffer “property devaluation and the use of eminent domain.”
  • Concern that only upper-income travelers would be able to afford the estimated $60 one-way fare.
Northeast Maglev, the company behind the venture, hopes to eventually have a system that travels between D.C. and New York in about an hour. Because future segments have yet to be designed, Baltimore officials said, it is impossible to “evaluate the full extent of the environmental, historical, land use, and transportation impacts on the City of Baltimore.”

City officials also expressed concern that maglev would undercut existing Amtrak and MARC service, and they noted that Amtrak has just landed $2.4 billion in federal funds toward ambitious improvements along the Northeast Corridor.
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Opinion: Pausing on high-speed rail is a good idea

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Opinion: Pausing on high-speed rail is a good idea
Regarding the Sept. 3 Metro article “Analysis of Baltimore-D.C. maglev train paused”:

Is it any wonder that the Federal Railroad Administration, the lead federal agency to review the high-speed train between Washington and Baltimore, is pausing its environmental review? The arguments against it are substantial, and some opponents have the authority to stop it. The proposed magnetic-levitation train would destroy 1,000 acres of green space, including 328 acres of federal land, that are ecologically sensitive areas for 270 species of birds and other wildlife. It is too expensive for daily commuters. It affects the quality of life of viable multiracial, lower-income communities.

That surely would give anyone pause.

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