Red Line Project Overview

The proposed Red Line is a 14-mile east-west transit line that will provide connection between the Woodlawn area of Baltimore County,West Baltimore communities, downtown Baltimore, Inner Harbor East, Fells Point, Canton, the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center — making travel in these heavily congested corridors simpler, faster and cheaper.

  • The Red Line connects directly to the Light Rail,Metro Subway and MARC Train – weaving together our many rail lines into a comprehensive transit system.
  • The Red Line corridor is a great opportunity to improve travel times in a heavily congested corridor. The already crowded Route 40 corridor will have a new, faster transit option and the Fells Point/Canton/Bayview corridor will get its first rapid transit line. More than 40,000 people per day are expected to use the Red Line.
  • The Red Line can reduce unhealthy auto emissions by drawing more people away from their cars and help commuters save money, especially given the rising price of gasoline and the high cost of downtown parking.
  • The Red Line will appeal to many different people: commuters to jobs downtown and in the suburbs, and anyone seeking to avoid traffic congestion. For the region’s fast-growing elderly population, the Red Line offers enhanced mobility at an affordable price and an improved quality of life. The Red Line also provides people with public transit access to downtown sports, cultural and entertainment events.
  • The Red Line is the most immediate and effective way to improve transportation in the Baltimore region. It is the first major step this century toward a world-class transit system that ties city and suburban communities together.
  • Baltimore City is pushing for a high-quality transit project with strategic portions in a tunnel along Cooks Lane, through downtown and Fells Point. When built as a light rail line with sections in a tunnel, the Red Line will operate much like a subway, with fast, reliable travel from east to west.

Project phases:

Project Schedule:

Begin Preliminary Engineering: June 2011

FTA Acceptance of Final Environmental Impact Statement:

December 2012

Record of Decision from FT:

February 2013

Engineering Phase:

2013-2016

Federal Funding Commitment:

2014

Construction:

2015-2021

Operation:

2022

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