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The Transit Riders Action Council of Metropolitan Baltimore is disputing assertions from the Maryland Transit Administration about the hazards of tunneling under  Little Italy, Fells Point and Canton to build the proposed east-west Red Line.

Henry Kay, the MTA's executive director of transit development and delivery, minimized the possibility of damage to historic buildings in those neighborhoods in an interview for an article published Tuesday in The Sun. He said the tunnel depth of the Red Line would be 40-50 feet deep, or comparable to the existing Baltimore Metro and that there should be no problems with noise or vibration on the surface.

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Nate Payer, spokesman for TRAC, delivered the following response:

It should be pointed out that TRAC opposes the Red Line for reasons that have nothing to do with tunneling and everything to do with the group's preference for a heavy rail subway along a different route.  Nevertheless, Payer's points deserve a response from the MTA. Clearly there is a difference between 40-50 feet down and 60-90 feet down.

We've asked for an MTA response and hope to pass it along soon.

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