Illustration of the Superconducting Maglev titled The DEIS is Now Available

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Draft Environmental Impact Statement Available for Review and Comment

With the official release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Baltimore – Washington Superconducting Magnetic Levitation (SCMaglev) project, we’re one step closer to bringing the world’s most advanced transportation system to the Northeast Corridor. Now is your chance to use your voice to make it happen.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) released the DEIS on January 15. The DEIS evaluates the potential impacts of constructing and operating a high-speed superconducting magnetic levitation system between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore with an intermediate stop at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) Airport.

The release of the DEIS  means the public comment period is officially open. Public comments will be accepted through April 22, 2021. All comments and information received during this time period will be considered and become part of the official comment record. These comments will be included in and responded to in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Section 4(f) Evaluation.

You can read through the full DEIS by visiting the project website. To submit comments, visit or go to for more information.

We are thrilled to have reached this critical milestone in our effort to bring the world’s fastest train – the Superconducting Maglev (SCMaglev) – to the Baltimore-Washington region. The release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is a significant accomplishment for the entire State of Maryland led by the Federal Railroad Administration, the Maryland Department of Transportation and more than 30 federal, state and local agencies that have collaborated for years to conduct this detailed study, including input from over 200 public meetings. Our team at Northeast Maglev is excited to dig into the results and begin the process of ensuring any issues identified within the draft, or raised during the public comment period, are addressed in the best way possible for communities and the environment. We remain committed to ensuring the Northeast Maglev is constructed and operated in a way that allows all local residents to share in the economic, educational, environmental and social benefits associated with this next-generation transportation system.”

– Wayne Rogers, Chairman/CEO of Baltimore Washington Rapid Rail, LLC.

FRA and MDOT MTA also plan to host virtual public hearings where public comments will be recorded. No dates have been set for public hearings, but they will be held no sooner than March 22. For updates on the virtual hearing dates and times, please visit and sign up to join the project mailing list.

To learn more about the Baltimore-Washington SCMaglev project, the benefits of the technology and bringing a new form of High-speed travel to the region, please visit

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