Some in MontCo hungry to eat Baltimore's lunch
Adam Pagnucco does a terrific job of covering transportation for Maryland Politics Watch with a distinctly Montgomery County slant. So Getting There is proud to have him picking up some of its material. What he makes of it provides an interesting illustration of the how projects in Baltimore and those in Washington are connected.
Essenhtially, Pagnucco's point in an article about Baltimore's Red Line is that supporters of the proposed Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George's County, as well as the Montgomery-only Corridor Cities Transitway, stand to gain from the contention over surface light rail in Canton and West Baltimore. He muses that fierce opposition to that plan might force Gov. Martin O'Malley to propose expensive tunneling on the Red Line that would put the project outside federal funding guidelines. That, he speculates, could give the Purple Line and the Transitway, which aren't burdened with the challenge of going through city neighborfoods, a leg up in the competition for federal dollars.
Pagnucco's theory is that such a move would be a win-win for the governor, placating Baltimore opponents of the Red Line while pleasing Washington area transit advocates. I respectfully disagree. Such a move would be too cute by half. O'Malley's got to make a choice one way or another.
But the article is a welcome reminder that some folks in Montgomery, behind their best One Maryland smiles, are always on the alert to profit from a divided Baltimore. Thanks for tipping your hand, Adam.