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Gov. Larry Hogan. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)
Gov. Larry Hogan. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

Hogan to make transportation announcement in Baltimore

Nearly four months after a controversial decision to end Baltimore’s Red Line light-rail project, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is set to make a transit announcement Thursday.

Hogan along with state Transportation Sec. Pete K. Rahn and Maryland Transit Administrator Paul Comfort will make the announcement in west Baltimore at the same MARC station Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other officials used as a backdrop in July to call on Hogan to reconsider his decision to kill the $2.9 billion, 14.1-mile long project that would have linked Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in east Baltimore with Woodlawn in Baltimore County.

Hogan, in June, called the project a “boondoggle” and Rahn criticized the plan for a $1 billion tunnel that would run under the city, calling it the “fatal flaw.”

Since then supporters of the now defunct project have called on Hogan to come up with a viable alternative.

A spokesman for Hogan would not confirm details of the event except to say that it will be related to transportation in the city.

In late July, Rahn told legislators that his department was considering changes to the existing transportation system including bus lines that he said could be done under the existing budget of the Maryland Transit Administration.

 

2 comments

  1. Jennifer Fischetti

    Expect not much more than an announcement of service revision. The extent of which has been hinted to by Administrator Comfort at a meeting of transit advocate 5 weeks ago. However the scope and breadth will hopefully be total in nature, following a plan recently enacted in Houston TX, a city which also did so in the environment of a new light rail line of service.

    The Hogan Administration has demonstrated no leadership in the critical area of transportation policy. Secretary Rahn has never led transportation policy in a jurisdiction as dense or congested as the state of Maryland and the Baltimore statistical area in specific. Administrator Comfort is a breath of fresh air in such a context.

  2. I’m not a person who rely on public transportation.. But I’m glad to see some improvements for the people who need this service I’m glad. Didn’t vote for this man but I MUST SAY HE’S DOING LOT FOR THE CITY MO IJS

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