Baltimore City and County Agree on Red Line Funding Commitments

As reported by the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore City and Baltimore County have reached agreement on the amount of funding each will contribute toward the funding of the Red Line light rail. The combined $280 million will be funded through in-kind and monetary contributions.

Under the local commitments made Tuesday, the city plans to contribute $230 million, up from an initial request from the state for $200 million. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a longtime proponent of the project, said the city’s contribution would be made without raising taxes or introducing new fees for city residents.

[Baltimore County Executive Kevin] Kamenetz made the county commitment of $50 million in a letter to [Maryland Transportation Secretary James] Smith.

…Kamenetz’s proposal commits $17 million in in-kind contributions in 2016, including water and sewer line relocations and installing traffic signals, and the rest in cash payments starting with $5 million in 2018 and $5.6 million each year through 2023.

The Red Line is a proposed 14.1 mile light rail route that would run from Woodlawn in Baltimore County to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in East Baltimore.The State plans to use a public-private partnership to help underwrite the cost of the project.