The Maryland Transportation Cabinet has approved new train service between the city of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The move follows years of speculation about whether the Baltimore Transit Authority was planning to expand into the D. C. region and has created a major headache for Gov.
Larry Hogan, who is seeking to get the state’s transportation system up and running.
A $1 billion plan to expand the Maryland Transit Authority to four more stations is now the subject of a $1.5 billion bond issue by the Maryland Transportation Development Authority.
The Baltimore-Washington-D.C.-Washington, D., line was scheduled to open in 2019.
But after the U.S. Transportation Department said it would not support a new $1-billion line between Baltimore and the D to accommodate the projected growth of Metro, the Maryland transportation agency decided to move forward with a new service to Marylanders who have not used the transit system in the past year.
“We believe this will provide the Maryland community with an alternative to using the Baltimore- Washington-D,C.-to-D Metro system and will be more cost-effective and efficient for Maryland taxpayers,” said Mike Epps, the director of the Maryland Office of the Secretary of Transportation.
“This will be the first service in the entire metro system to run in the DC-Baltimore corridor, and we believe it will be an additional boost to Maryland’s economy and jobs,” Epps said.
A previous $500 million plan to provide two new train stations in Baltimore County was approved by the state transportation authority in 2016.
That plan was later cancelled when the U:s Transportation Department determined the trains were not needed in the region.
The new line, which will operate from Maryland to Washington, will provide more frequent service and will include a faster option than other lines in the metro area.
The Maryland Department of Transportation is also considering a plan to build a new station at the Maryland Aquarium in Falls Church.
Maryland Transportation Commissioner John G. Rafferty Jr. said the new service will be built along with a planned line to the Chesapeake Bay, which would add two new stations.
“It is critical to the Maryland economy that our transportation system be reliable and reliable in the Washington-Baltimore Corridor,” Rafferity said.
The proposed new train line was first proposed in March by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and the state of Maryland, the Transportation Department, and the Maryland Department for Transportation, which includes the Maryland General Assembly.
It has been approved by a two-thirds vote in the Maryland legislature and signed by Hogan.
Hogan is seeking a $9.2 billion state transportation budget that is part of the $1 trillion stimulus package.
The governor’s plan would add more than 2,000 new jobs to Maryland, including 700 construction jobs and 1,000 other jobs, according to the governor’s office.
The first two train stations are scheduled to be open by the end of the year, and all stations will be operational by 2022.
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