I would like to bring you up to date on the SCMaglev project, a high speed train using super magnetic conductor technology, which if built will span 40 miles from Baltimore to Washington D.C.
The SCMaglev is an unprecedented mass transit project proposed by a group of private equity firms and corporations in a coalition called the BWRR (Baltimore Washington Rapid Rail). BWRR obtained an initial taxpayer funded grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to study the Maglev feasibility and environmental impact. The study, called the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), was released a few weeks ago. Until now the degree of the impact was not completely understood.
The project sponsors have already accessed federal funds to initiate the DEIS and have also indicated that they will seek further federal money (not state money), placing this project in direct competition with other public mass transit projects which address equity and economic concerns. Maglev fares are proposed to be as much as $79 each way.
Senator Douglas JJ Peters and I sent a letter to the Maryland Secretary of Transportation which assisted in extending the public comment period from 45 to 90 days. You can read that letter here.
While the entire DEIS is very long, the maps and the appendices tell us about the negative impact on our local communities. Please take the time to read the DEIS at this link and use the drop-down menu near the top of the page to view and/or download the various sections of the statement. The appendices are available in a separate drop-down menu.
It is important for all residents to take the time to understand the immense impact of this project and share this information with neighbors, HOAs and Community Associations who may be interested. Please submit your public comments about the DEIS and take note that there is a “NO BUILD ALTERNATIVE” you can advocate for before APRIL 22, 2021. Submit your comments online here.