Press Release

September 17, 2009
Expanded public transit is good for our economy and good for the environment




Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation Subcommittee, praised the Senate for approving $4 million dollars for the Baltimore Red Line as part of the FY2010 Tran
sportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill. The light rail project will run 14 miles from east to west, operating from Woodlawn through downtown and to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Campus. 
“Job creation and economic development rely on critical infrastructure, particularly public transit. The Baltimore Red Line is going to help transform our city and our region, adding a convenient, affordable east-west alternative to the ever-increasing gridlock. The Baltimore Red Line will improve the flow of our local transportation, help reduce congestion and improve air quality by taking thousands of cars off the road,
” said Senator Cardin.
“I am pleased that Baltimore is one step closer to finally having a truly integrated regional transit system. An impressive 42,000 trips a day are expected on the new route, connecting individuals and businesses with the MARC Penn and Camden Lines, the Central Light Rail Line, the Baltimore Metro system, as well as major workforce hubs and education centers including the University of Maryland Baltimore and Johns Hopkins.  Baltimore’s public transit will become a reliable foundation for the city’s future growth.”