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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Stop Study, Start System

An article on page 14 of the March 30th print edition of the Howard County Times entitled Metro might go to Town Center discusses the possibility of the Metro Green Line coming to the county.

A possible stop in downtown Columbia will be included in a $1 million study on the feasibility of extending the Washington, D.C. metro’s Green Line to Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The study is a part of the Maryland’s fiscal 2007 budget, which the General Assembly passed March 25. Del. Elizabeth Bobo, a Columbia Democrat, introduced language into the budget that requests the study include a possible stop downtown. . . . Carl Balser, Howard County’s Chief of Transportation Planning, said that parts of Route 29, Route 100 and Route 32 all had sufficient median to potentially run rail parallel to the roads, for at least part of a downtown connection.

Unfortunately, Carl Balser also pointed out that this idea has been around a while.

The idea of a rail stop in Columbia is an old one, Balser added. “The thought of having some sort of rail into Town Center has been discussed for years,” he said. “There are plans that go back to the 1960s that talk about it.”

Our thanks to Delegate Bobo for getting the Metro Stop study off the ground.
However, since this has been talked about since the 1960s, I think we need to start building a rail transit system now.

The article is not available yet online. Search for it soon at the Howard County Times.


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