Best Reason to Leave Baltimore: The Red Line's Cancellation

About a third of us Baltimoreans live without cars, a percentage surpassed only by New York, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Public transportation here, however, leaves a lot to desire. For the past decade, that desire has been something akin to hope—we were finally getting a new rail line—one that would connect the city’s disjointed light rail, metro, and commuter rail lines. The subway-to-surface Red Line would’ve made the booming Southeast waterfront, Highlandtown, Bayview, Harbor East, Fells Point, West Baltimore, and mega-employment centers in Woodlawn a quick ride from the city’s core. Unfortunately, our new Republican Gov. Larry Hogan decided to scrap the project—despite the facts that the city and state have already spent about $288 million in planning, engineering, and land acquisition, it has received a medium-high cost-effectiveness rating from the FTA, and the project is practically shovel ready. Apart from sending a huge “fuck you” to the city, the Hogan administration gave us all one less reason to “Believe.”

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