MTA Welcomes Community Input for Red Line Station Planning
May Open Houses to Showcase Work of Station Area Advisory Committees
For the past six months more than 250 community stakeholders have been meeting to provide input on how 20 stations along the proposed Baltimore Red Line can be designed to best serve their communities. At four open houses, Station Area Advisory Committee (SAAC) members will share their findings with the public. The four open houses are scheduled for May 7, 11, 14 and 17th and will be held in various locations in the Red Line corridor.
The advisory committees are part of the Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) public involvement program for the Red Line and fulfill a commitment made in the Red Line Community Compact. The 17 SAACs are comprised of community stakeholders who advise the MTA on station location and design options, ways to make the area around the stations more accommodating for pedestrians, associated modifications to adjacent streets, and what kind of development should occur in the station area.
Each interactive open house will feature a specific group of station areas. The public is invited to stop in to review displays, ask questions and provide feedback to the MTA and their community’s representative on the SAACs. There are no time-specific presentations planned – the public is invited to walk in at anytime during the open house hours. Information on the project status, schedule and funding will also be available.
The Red Line is a proposed 14.1-mile, east-west rail line connecting the areas of Woodlawn (Baltimore County), Edmondson Village, West Baltimore, downtown Baltimore, Inner Harbor East, Fell's Point, Canton and the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus in eastern Baltimore City. Through downtown and in a one-mile section near Leakin Park the Red Line will run in new tunnels; in other areas it will operate in dedicated lanes. The project is expected to cost $1.8 billion to build. Pending approval from the Federal Transit Administration and funding, construction of the Red Line could begin in 2016.
The Red Line Open Houses will take place on the following dates:
Saturday, May 7, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
Edmondson High School (Cafeteria)
501 Athol Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229
Stations: Edmondson Village, Allendale, Rosemont, West Baltimore MARC, Harlem Park, Poppleton
Accessible by bus routes #20, 23, 40
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Woodlawn High School (Cafeteria)
1801 Woodlawn Drive, Baltimore, MD 21207
Stations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Security Square Mall, Social Security Administration, I-70 Park-and-Ride
Accessible by bus routes #15, 44, 57, 77
Saturday, May 14, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Hampstead Hill Academy (Cafeteria)
500 S. Linwood Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224
Stations: Canton, Canton Crossing, Highlandtown/Greektown, Bayview MARC, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Campus
Accessible by bus lines #7, 10, 13
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
University of Maryland, Baltimore
SMC Campus Center, Ballrooms A & B
621 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Stations: Howard Street/University Center, Charles Center, Government Center/Inner Harbor, Inner Harbor East, Fell's Point
Accessible by bus routes #1, 7, 10, 20, 27, 30, 35, 36, 48
By Light Rail: University Center/Baltimore Street station
By Metro: Lexington Market station
By Charm City Circulator: Orange Route