Bus sug­gested in­stead of Bal­ti­more light rail

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Kather­ine Shaver

Mary­land Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford (R) has sug­gested a rapid bus line through Bal­ti­more as an al­ter­na­tive to the $2.9 bil­lion light-rail Red Line that the gover­nor killed in June.

The Bal­ti­more Busi­ness Jour­nal quoted Rutherford as say­ing: “I think rapid bus is the way to go — at least pi­lot the idea. You can al­ways change bus routes. You can’t change rail routes.”

Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R) scrapped the Red Line plan for Bal­ti­more last month, sug­gest­ing that it was a boon­dog­gle.

But Ho­gan said he would pro­ceed with a $2.45 bil­lion light-rail Pur­ple Line for the D.C. sub­urbs, as­sum­ing the state could sig­nif­i­cantly cut its con­tri­bu­tion and ob­tain more fund­ing from Mont­gomery and Prince Ge­orge’s coun­ties.

“They need to get off the dime and get on with the search and stop this me­dieval the­o­log­i­cal de­bate.”

Rep. Gerald E. Con­nolly (D-Va.) on hear­ing of the Metro board restart­ing the search for a gen­eral man­ager

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