Della weighs in on Red Line: No
UPDATE: I just got off the phone with Sen. George Della. He says he will oppose funding for the Red Line if it gains federal approval. He also acknowledges the error noted below.
Maryland Politics Watch, a Montgomery County-oriented blog, has begun to take a curiously intense interest in the Red Line controversy in Baltimore. As part of its new focus, MPW has posted a letter from Baltimore state Sen. George W. Della to Gov. Martin O'Malley opposing surface light rail through Canton, which Della represents.
It's an interesting letter but one that glides over the most obvious problem -- that a tunnel all the way through Canton would have pushed the project over the limit for federal funding. Like several other Baltimore lawmakers, Della has so far taken the out of endorsing a gold-plated Red Line that couldn't be built. Now he and others are going to faced with a yes-or-no decision. Do they try to scuttle it or fall in line with City Hall and the governor? It's not a an easy answer because there are neighborhoods along the Red Line corridor -- including Greektown in Della's district -- where many residents see advantages in being on the Red Line.
If you click on the link to Della's letter, look out for one obvious whopper that the senator should have known better than to include. Henry Kay is not on loan to the MTA from the Greater Baltimore Committee, his former employer. He's the deputy administrator for planning at the MTA and thus as much a Maryland state employee as the senator himself.
Sun file photo 2007