The high-speed magnetic levitation train known as the Maglev, which is proposed to run from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, raises issues of concern for our South Laurel/Montpelier community. One of the three routes under consideration, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway West alternate, would adversely impact several areas around us, particularly the townhome community of Montpelier Hills, where 50 existing and 60 new homes would be eliminated. Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith (D-23), is planning to introduce Maglev-related bills in the 2018 session that began Jan. 10. The bills will address eminent domain, funding and financial compensation for homeowners whose property is devalued by Maglev. Councilwoman Mary Lehman will be scheduling a District 1 Maglev meeting in January to better educate North County residents about the proposed rail system and its potential environmental, economic and quality of life impacts. It is important for us to keep abreast of developments in this proposed project and to make our views known to our elected representatives.