MTA to hold open houses for planned Red Line

The Maryland Transit Administration will hold four open houses this month for area residents to share their views about designs for the 20 light rail stations planned along the east-west Red Line. The first meeting is scheduled for Saturday at Edmondson High School.

At the open houses, members of the Red Line Station Area Advisory Committee will display results of their work over the past six months. According to the MTA, 250 community "stakeholders" have been participating in discussions aimed at planning locations, designs, access, development implications and other matters relating to stations along the 14-mile line from Woodlawn to Bayview.

The MTA said the advisory committees are a part of its public involvement program for the proposed $1.8 billion transit line, for which the agency plans to seek federal financing to match an expected 50 percent state share. According to the MTA, if the project goes smoothly, construction could start in 2016.

Each session will focus on stations planned near that meeting site.

The MTA released the following schedule, along with information on which stations will be discussed and how to get to the meeting sites by public transit:

Saturday, May 7

9 a.m. – noon at Edmondson High School (cafeteria), 501 Athol Ave., Baltimore, MD 21229

Stations: Edmondson Village, Allendale, Rosemont, West Baltimore MARC, Harlem Park, Poppleton

Accessible by bus routes #20, 23, 40

Wednesday, May 11

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Woodlawn High School (cafeteria), 1801 Woodlawn Dr., Baltimore, MD 21207

Stations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Security Square Mall, Social Security Administration, Interstate 70 Park-and-Ride

Accessible by bus routes #15, 44, 57, 77

Saturday, May 14

9 a.m. – noon at Hampstead Hill Academy (cafeteria), 500 S. Linwood Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224

Stations: Canton, Canton Crossing, Highlandtown/Greektown, Bayview MARC, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Campus

Accessible by bus lines #7, 10, 13

Tuesday, May 17

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at University of Maryland, Baltimore SMC Campus Center, Ballrooms A & B, 621 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201

Stations: Howard Street/University Center, Charles Center, Government Center/Inner Harbor, Inner Harbor East, Fells Point

Accessible by bus routes #1, 7, 10, 20, 27, 30, 35, 36, 48 By Light Rail: University Center/Baltimore Street station By Metro: Lexington Market station By Charm City Circulator: Orange

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