I am writing to express my strong support for the Red Line as planned by the MTA, and I am asking that you commit to making the project a reality during this critical time.
The Red Line, as planned, is one of the most important public transportation projects in the nation, and is one of the most effective, in terms of travel time benefits, cost effectiveness, and projected economic impact -- and it has been recognized as such through the FTA's rigorous New Starts program. I support the Red Line because, by seamlessly connecting to the Metro Subway, the Central Ligh Rail and MARC, it will finally achieve what Baltimore has sought for decades: an integrated, regional rail transit network.
The Red Line is a jobs line: it is expected to create nearly 10,000 jobs during its construction period, and is projected to provide access to more than 200,000 jobs within the next 15 years -- approximately 73 percent of all jobs forecast in the city by 2030. Additionally, it will encourage the revitalization of many older Baltimore neighborhoods on both the West and East sides.
In short, the Red Line will provide access to hundreds of thousands of jobs, will pump billions of dollars into the regional economy, and it will help make Baltimore and its neighborhoods more sustainable and desirable, encouraging population growth and an improved tax base.
This is a defining moment for Baltimore. I am asking that you have the courage and vision to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our citizens and build an innovative transit system that is worthy of our great city. Do whatever is necessary to secure funding and construction of the Red Line, and deliver this project to Baltimore so that generations present and future will benefit.
Thank you for your time,