Baltimore Red Line

Rodricks: Hogan's yesterday thinking on public transit

Rodricks: Hogan's yesterday thinking on public transit

Larry Hogan has an odd sense of timing. In June 2015, just two months after Baltimore suffered the trauma of rioting, arson and looting, followed by a period of reflection on the city’s adverse social and economic conditions, the Maryland governor killed the Red Line — the long-planned light rail project that held the promise of hundreds of construction jobs and significant redevelopment, particularly on the west side of the city, the epicenter of the unrest.

The $2 billion in state money that would have gone into the Red Line went instead into road projects in suburban and rural areas. With that action, Hogan took a huge step toward defining his governorship: A road-warrior...