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Imagine the Possibilities… Vision from the 2002 Rail Plan. The world in 2000. Bus and rail ridership flat Statewide transit plan called for doubling ridership by 2020 Last major rail project completed in 1997 No expansion projects in planning or construction

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Imagine the possibilities vision from the 2002 rail plan

Imagine the Possibilities…Vision from the 2002 Rail Plan


The world in 2000
The world in 2000

  • Bus and rail ridership flat

  • Statewide transit plan called for doubling ridership by 2020

  • Last major rail project completed in 1997

  • No expansion projects in planning or construction

  • Transit not a factor in development decisions


A region responds
A region responds…

  • Secretary of Transportation appoints Rail Plan Advisory Committee

    • Civic leaders, not experts

  • Reviewed prior studies, current and future traffic conditions, location of “life activities”

  • Public workshops

  • Alternative plans narrowed to Draft Plan

  • More public workshops

  • Final plan and priority projects selected

  • Report in 2002


Major findings
Major findings

  • Baltimore region needs more; better transit

  • Need to unify the region

  • Growing congestion

  • Poor air quality

  • Access to jobs for city to city; city to suburb; suburb to city commuters

  • Fight sprawl and support downtown

  • Mobility for young and old

  • Catch up with peer regions


What does rail transit do well today
What does rail transit do well today?

  • Frequent reliable service for downtown workers

  • Occasional riders use for ball games and special events

  • Access to jobs near Hunt Valley, Owings Mills and BWI

  • Fast commuter service to Washington


What is missing
What is missing?

  • Sense of an overall system

  • Enough destinations to compete with auto travel

  • Service in all major corridors, and to all major employment centers and tourist destinations

  • Coordination with development activities


What should we expect from system expansion projects
What should we expect from system expansion projects?

  • Serve densely populated, congested corridors

  • Serve major employment centers and activity centers

  • Support both existing land use and major targeted growth areas

  • Reduce income disparity with opportunities for low income communities

  • Increase use of the existing system

  • Provide seamless, comfortable service for the rider

  • Effectively compete with cars

  • Attract new riders to transit



Red line
Red Line

  • Recommended by Rail Plan Advisory Committee

  • Selected by MTA

  • Endorsed by Baltimore City, Baltimore County, State Legislators

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Red line project initiation
Red Line – Project initiation

  • Start-up funds in 2003

  • Planning and design funds approved in 2004

  • Alternatives Analysis begins in 2004

3


Alternatives analysis
Alternatives Analysis

  • Transform concept into “real” project

  • No official planned alignment – requires a full range of alternatives

  • Determine…

    • Modal alternatives

    • Horizontal alignments

    • Vertical alignments

4


Key areas to serve
Key areas to serve

SECURITY / WOODLAWN

FELLS POINT /

PATTERSON PARK

DOWNTOWN BALTIMORE

5


Detailed studies
Detailed studies

  • Project starts to become “real”

  • Full range of environmental impacts

  • Engineering studies

  • Traffic and parking impacts

  • Capital cost estimates

  • Ridership estimates

  • Station planning

6


Public involvement
Public involvement

  • Communities / businesses / institutions

  • 25 corridor-level meetings to date

  • Over 75 individual meetings to date

  • Interactive process relative to alternatives, alignments, and stations

  • Benefits and impacts begin to become “real” as opposition or serious concerns evolve

8


Alignments remaining under consideration
Alignments remaining under consideration

  • Light rail and Bus Rapid Transit

  • Full tunnel

  • Tunnels downtown; Cooks Lane only

  • Full at-grade

  • No Build

  • Bus Management

9


Decision making
Decision making

  • Workshops in 2007 and 2008

  • Hearings in 2008

  • Decision on Locally Preferred Alternative in 2008

  • Funding?

11


Green line
Green Line

  • Scoping meeting in 2003

  • Detailed work underway in 2007

  • East Side opportunities

    • Johns Hopkins Science + Technology Park

    • NIH at Bayview

    • BRAC

    • Canton / Greektown development


Mta goals
MTA goals

  • Solve real transportation problems with feasible solutions

  • Address community concerns and technical issues

  • Look for opportunities to increase economic opportunity; livability

  • Keep the promise of the 2002 plan


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