Red Line foes raise some good questions
Gov. Martin O'Malley's decision on a "locally preferred alternative" has just opened up a new round in the continuing struggle over the Red Line. Battle lines are now drawn over a specific plan, not a fuzzy set of alternatives (most of which were obvious non-starters).
And the increasingly organized opposition is asking some questions that need to be answered -- especially about single-tracking in the Cooks Lane tunnel and on the revised ridership estimates in the Maryland Transit Administration's current plan. Single-tracking certainly raises questions, especially in view of the MTA's opposition to the notion for the Purple Line in suburban Washington. And the rosier scenario adopted for ridership assumptions beg for an explanation.
Rest assured, The Sun is seeking answers to both these questions.
And as a housekeeping matter, this blog is going to refer to those who continue to oppose Alternative 4C as Red Line foes, opponents, whatever. Alternative 4C is now officially the only game in town. To build anything else, you have to kill the Red Line in its current form. So let's keep it simple. If you loved Alternative 4D or 3B or whatever, you now have to choose whether you're for or against the locally preferred alternative.
And, yes, we're aware the chosen plan isn't preferred in some neighborhoods. "Locally preferred," in this case, means the choice made by regional elected officials after a process prescribed in law. Quibbling over the term won't move the debate forward.
Baltimore Sun file photo 2009