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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Baltimore – Washington Superconducting Magnetic Levitation (SCMaglev) project on January 15, 2021. The official public comment period is open until May 24, 2021.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) can be read in full at bwmaglev.info.
The Northeast Maglev project will rely on proven technology to bring a 311-mph superconducting maglev to the Northeast Corridor, revolutionizing how people live and work in the most congested region of the U.S. The first leg will provide 15-minute service between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and ultimately one-hour service will be provided from Washington, D.C. to New York City.
The project would employ between 161,000 job-years and 195,000 job-years during the construction period. Additionally, the economic impacts in terms of earnings from the construction of the SCMaglev Project would be between $8.8 billion and $10.6 billion.
IMPROVE AIR QUALITY
The project would remove 11 to 16 million car trips from our roads per year, improving air quality and reducing toxic emissions – and making great strides in our efforts to fight climate change.
IMPROVE ACCESS TO JOBS
The project will result in dramatically reduced commute times and provide better access to jobs and jobs centers, unlocking career opportunities, increasing real estate values and enhancing quality of life throughout the Northeast Corridor. The DEIS notes that with the Baltimore-Washington SCMaglev, “economic connections between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore City would intensify, allowing the two metropolitan economies to increasingly compete in the global economy with a larger footprint.”
Based on a culture of safety and industry leading safety technology, the system is extremely safe and reliable. SCMaglev technology has been operating for nearly 50 years, and has now traveled more than 1.9 million miles and carried more than 300,000 people without incident. The U-shaped guideway that has been used for the train’s design since 1980, along with its electromagnetic suspension, make it impossible for a vehicle to derail.
The project has robust support from a wide and diverse group of regional stakeholders – yet, your input on the process is critical!
Please help ensure that this project receives robust support.