Linthicum residents push to close light rail stops with rallies

Some Linthicum residents received letters from County Executive Steve Schuh announcing his request to Maryland Department of Transportation secretary Pete K. Rahn to close the Linthicum light rail and nearby stops.
Some Linthicum residents received letters from County Executive Steve Schuh announcing his request to Maryland Department of Transportation secretary Pete K. Rahn to close the Linthicum light rail and nearby stops. (Heather Vecchioni / Correspondent)

Some Linthicum residents, unhappy about the light rail’s presence, are hosting rallies calling for the stations to close.

They are starting to get some powerful allies.


Several concerned citizens who shared their concerns with County Executive Steve Schuh received copies of a letter the lawmaker wrote to Pete K. Rahn, secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation.

The July 18 letter requests “service be bypassed completely at Ferndale and Linthicum and that Cromwell and North Linthicum be bypassed during non-essential hours.”


The letter is a follow-up from communication Schuh sent Nov. 15, 2017, in which he asked Rahn to eliminate the Linthicum Kiss ‘n’ Ride stop, at 595 Camp Meade Road, completely or bypass service during most hours of the day, except during the morning and afternoon commutes and popular events, like Oriole games.

The letter says the request to close additional stops is based on feedback from community leaders and Councilman John Grasso.

Grabbing the attention of Rahn is exactly what some residents want, as they believe doing so may be enough to close the stops. In an effort to draw attention to the crime they believe is a result of the mass transit service, two rallies are scheduled this weekend.

A “United We Stand” rally is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Cromwell light rail station, 7378 Baltimore and Annapolis Blvd. In addition to showing their displeasure of the crime they believe is related to the train, event organizers also hope the rally creates momentum to stop crime and illegal businesses from operating in the area.

On the same day, a “Kids Over Kiss ‘n’ Ride” rally begins at 10 a.m. at Linthicum Park on Benton Avenue by the water tower. Rally participants will walk back and forth between the park and the Kiss ‘n’ Ride station in an effort to encourage Rahn and other lawmakers to stop the light rail from traveling through Linthicum.

Arts in the Park

Chesapeake Arts Center is seeking vendors for its fifth annual Arts in the Park festival, scheduled for Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-3 pm, outside the theater at 194 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park.

This event will feature live music from Brent Schraffenberger, Annapolis Junction Big Band and RĒVE. Attendees can also enjoy face painting, local art for sale, chalk drawing, activities for children and more.

The deadline for vendor applications is Aug. 3. For more information, visit https://chesapeakearts.showare.com/?category=57.

Honorary Mayor of Linthicum

The Linthicum Community Fair Association seeks nominees for its Honorary Mayor of Linthicum contest. Candidates must have involvement and be well-known in the Linthicum community, and contributed to making the town a better place to live.

"Being recognized as Linthicum's Honorary Mayor is considered an honor,” said Bernie Simon, chairman of the Honorary Mayor Committee. “There are many worthy of this recognition.”

Nominations will be accepted until August 31 and can be sent to bsimon1234@yahoo.com or 612 Fairmount Road, Linthicum, MD, 21090. Nominations should include detailed descriptions of how the candidate qualifies for the honor. For more information, call (410) 859-4433.

AA United Coffee Ambassadors


The Brooklyn Park Community Library, located at 1 E. 11th Avenue, will host the AA United Coffee Ambassadors on Wednesday, August 8, at 9 am.

Community ambassadors promote diversity and help county residents, visitors and employees understand each other’s points of view and encourage them to utilize resources like diversity training and education.

Ambassadors are familiar with the issues that their neighborhoods face and understand the diverse culture of their communities. They are also trained in cultural sensitivity and community outreach.

Peace Lab VBS

Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, located at 200 School Lane, will host a vacation Bible school from August 6 to 10, from 9 am-noon.

Potty-trained children ages four through just completing fifth grade are invited to learn how to resolve conflicts and help each other through an interactive curriculum.

Registration is free and is open until July 30 or until spaces are filled. Call (410) 859-0990 or visit https://vbspro.events/p/events/lhumcpeacelab to register.

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