Five open house meetings will be held in the next two weeks about a potential high-speed rail service that would shorten the 40-mile commute between Baltimore and Washington to 15 minutes, officials said.
The forums are a chance for the public to learn more and share feedback on the magnetic levitation, or "Maglev," project that Gov. Larry Hogan has championed for the region since riding one in Japan. It would stop between the two cities at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
The concept, which involves trains traveling at speeds of more than 300 mph on pockets of air, was popular in the 1990s but faded due to cost and neighborhood disruption concerns. Construction costs are expected to be between $10 billion and $12 billion, a cost supporters have said would be split among the Japanese government, a private company and federal tax money.
The Maryland Department of Transportation is preparing an environmental impact study, which received $30 million in federal funding last year, and Japan's government has pledged $2 million for feasibility studies.
The meetings are scheduled as follows:
• Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at Lindale Middle School, 415 Andover Road, Linthicum Heights
• Monday, Dec. 12 from 5-7 p.m. at Arundel Middle School, 1179 Hammond Lane, Odenton
• Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 5:00- 7:00 p.m. at Du Burns Coppermine Fieldhouse, 3100 Boston Street, Baltimore
• Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library at 901 G Street NW in Washington, DC
• Thursday, Dec. 15 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at West Lanham Hills Fire Hall at 8501 Good Luck Road, Lanham
For more information, visit the project website at www.baltimorewashingtonscmaglevproject.com
Comments will also be accepted through Jan. 9 at info@BaltimoreWashingtonSCMaglevproject.com or by mail: SCMaglev Project c/o Bradley M. Smith, Maryland Department of Transportation, 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD 21076.