The MTA's proposed Red Line can move into its next phase after gaining approval from the Federal Transit Administration. The new phase is called preliminary engineering, or PE, which would turn the concept into actual planning.
The planning is estimated to be a two-year, $2.2 billion (with inflation) project that results in a 14.5 mile light rail spanning the city from Woodlawn to Bayview.
This only further stirs up conversation about the controversial Red Line, which some residents in Canton and West Baltimore have specifically advocated against—particularly because the tracks would be above ground along Boston Street and Edmonson Avenue. But, supporters say the line will relieve traffic congestion and provided a much-needed option for east-west transit.
Some sample tweets from today:
"I will personally fist fight anyone who opposes the Red Line and pummel them into support. #nobrainer #weneedthisinbaltimore -@paulsmith
"i think it's idiotic it's going down boston street instead of eastern. Could pull riders from both sides." -@jedweeks
"I think Boston St. would be better described as a not ideal transit compromise than a doomed mistake." -@dukiebiddle
"For the record, any Red Line is better than no Red Line; it'll spur infill development wherever it is." -@rolliefingers
Why don't you weigh in with your thoughts on the Red Line? Do you think it will be a good thing for the city?
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