On September 4, 2013, Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown were joined by the region’s elected officials to announce nearly $1.5 billion to fund transportation projects for the Baltimore metro area. The much needed investment will support more than 13,000 jobs, reduce traffic congestion, and help to revitalize communities. At the announcement, U.S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings highlighted what the investment would mean for the area, “Once completed, these transportation investments will allow thousands of our neighbors throughout the region to reach good jobs at a commuter cost that they can better afford. Baltimore and Washington will both progress as MARC riders gain convenient access to MARC travel on the weekends…and Baltimore City’s transit system will become more modern and better maintained.”
- The West Baltimore MARC Station will function as one of the few multi-modal connections for the future Red Line and will benefit from the $689 million set aside for the Red Line project, which includes $519 million for construction.
- About $46 million will be used to offer weekend service for the MARC train. The first-ever weekend service will be available on the Penn Line starting Saturday, December 7, 2013, and will provide nine (9) round trips on Saturdays and six (6) round trips on Sundays. Please check the MTA’s website for updates and weekend schedules.
- $52 million will go to MARC Commuter Rail Improvements to purchase ten (10) new trains.
“Today is about showing the state that Baltimore City wants the Red Line and understands that building an integrated, world class transit system is critical for creating jobs and providing citizens with better access to those jobs,” said Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who was also in attendance. She continued to emphasize, “These critical investments are the key to unlocking Baltimore’s potential to grow and will create a regional transportation system that connects Baltimore to major job centers in surrounding communities.”
Depending on funding, construction of the Red Line could start as early as 2015 and be open for service by 2021. For more information about the Red Line project, visit the Red Line website.