Red Line Selected as One of 14 Infrastructure Projects to Receive Expedited Federal Review

As reported by the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore’s Red Line has been selected by the federal government for expedited permitting and environmental review, which could reduce the time needed to build the project by up to two years.

The Red Line is now in the preliminary engineering phase, making it one of a relatively few U.S. transit projects to have advanced that far in the federal review process. Last week, the Federal Transit Administration gave the green light to another Maryland light rail project — the $1.9 billion Purple Line in suburban Washington — to also advance to that step.If the either project receives final federal approval, it would open the door for Maryland to receive 50 percent U.S. financing for construction. The state would have to come up with matching funds.

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