By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun
5:32 PM EDT, May 5, 2011
The Maryland Transit Administration will hold four open houses this month for area residents to share their views about designs for the 20 light rail stations planned along the east-west Red Line. The first meeting is scheduled Saturday at Edmondson High School.
At the open houses, members of the Red Line Station Area Advisory Committee will display results of their work over the past six months. According to the MTA, 250 community "stakeholders" have been participating in discussions aimed at planning locations, designs, access, development implications and other matters relating to stations along the 14-mile line from Woodlawn to Bayview.
The MTA said the advisory committees are a part of its public involvement program for the proposed $1.8 billion transit line, for which the agency plans to seek federal financing to match an expected 50 percent state share. According to the MTA, if the project goes smoothly, construction could start in 2016.
Each session will focus on stations planned near that meeting site.
The MTA released the following schedule, along with information on which stations will be discussed and how to get to the meeting sites by public transit:
9 a.m. to noon: Edmondson High School (cafeteria), 501 Athol Ave., Baltimore
Stations: Edmondson Village, Allendale, Rosemont, West Baltimore MARC, Harlem Park, Poppleton
Accessible by bus routes Nos. 20, 23, 40.
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Woodlawn High School (cafeteria), 1801 Woodlawn Drive, Baltimore
Stations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Security Square Mall, Social Security Administration, Interstate 70 Park-and-Ride
Accessible by bus routes Nos. 15, 44, 57, 77.
9 a.m. to noon: Hampstead Hill Academy (cafeteria), 500 S. Linwood Ave., Baltimore
Stations: Canton, Canton Crossing, Highlandtown/Greektown, Bayview MARC, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Campus
Accessible by bus lines Nos. 7, 10, 13.
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: University of Maryland, Baltimore SMC Campus Center, Ballrooms A & B, 621 W. Lombard St., Baltimore
Stations: Howard Street/University Center, Charles Center, Government Center/Inner Harbor, Inner Harbor East, Fells Point
Accessible by bus routes Nos. 1, 7, 10, 20, 27, 30, 35, 36, 48. By light rail: University Center/Baltimore Street station. By Metro: Lexington Market station. By Charm City Circulator: Orange.
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