What a lost opportunity, one that is certain to define Mr. Hogan's time in the State House. Unless Democratic lawmakers can find some way to overrule this choice or convince the Republican governor to change his mind, the Red Line is dead for at least the next decade and with it goes the city's single best chance to bridge the economic and transportation chasms facing East and West Baltimore. And why? Apparently, because the governor believes it costs too much. That's ironic given that the cost is largely due to a planned downtown tunnel required to make light rail trains run fast enough to attract ridership. What happens when there's no tunnel? You get the existing light rail line, which was less costly but far too pokey, making it, as Mr. Hogan observed, among the least popular light rail lines in the country.