Summary of MTA Red Line comments posted
The Maryland Transit Administration has just posted a summary of public comments on its proposed Red Line here.
This is part of the draft environmental impact study process for the proposed transit line from Woodlawn to Bayview.
Here are some quick highlights:
--Sttrong support for east-west transit improvements.
-Little interest in bus rapid transit alternatives.
--Strong support for Alternative 4C, the one preferred by the Diixon administration and business leaders, but also strong opposition to that alternative's plans for surface light rail on Edmondson Avenue and Boston Street. Alternative 4C got 146 positive comments, compared with 131 for not building the Red Line at all. (Alternative 4C would run light rail in tunnels under downtown, Fells Point and Cooks Lane but on surface otherwise.)
--Business and labor groups are strongly on board the 4C option. --Common objections include concerns about a loss of parking and that surface light rail could create congestion and complicate travel patterns.
--Most of the objections raised are of the NIMBY variety and don't deal with the kind of broader concerns state and regional authoriities need to consider.
--Unlike most opponents, the Transit Riders Action Council has raised serious systemic concerns, bbut its push for heavy rail has not won broad support. Only 3 organizations and 17 indiviiduals weighed in for heavy rail.
--My quick take: The 4C alternative is gaining momentum and will be difficult to block as the locally preferred alternative.