Former railway could be used for commuter service
To the editor:
After many years of use as a trail, a similar unused rail route in Montgomery County is being developed as the Metro Purple Line, which will continue to provide a recreational trail alongside a very valuable light rail line between Bethesda and New Carrollton. Part of the Purple Line right-of-way was once a branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad stretching from Silver Spring to Georgetown.
Another popular right-of-way (this one part of the abandoned Western Maryland Railway) lies between Cumberland and Frostburg, with Western Maryland Scenic Railway and a hiking-biking trail sharing it. The Weverton line could also become a prime tourist attraction if Hagerstown’s steam engine 202 was put back on the rails like the one in Allegany County.
Many people in our county would be happy to take the train to their jobs in Montgomery County and the District of Columbia, avoiding high gas prices and congestion encountered on Interstates 70 and 270 and the local roads there.
Robert H. Rollins II
Stadium plan is all just a joke, right?
To the editor:
Let’s see if I have this correct. We are thinking about building a stadium across the street from several hundred housing units, consisting of more than a few elderly and handicapped residents. Next, build a parking deck — existing ones being a bit unpopular — to accommodate it because we might be a little pressed for space. Can’t be bothered by that as we have to put something, anything, downtown.
Then dump all the traffic on which streets? Why am I getting visions of dismissal at Bester, only worse.
I’ve got it. This is all just an early April Fools’ joke. Right?
Stephen D. Steinmetz