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Red Line's unanswered questions

We hear of the wondrous benefits Baltimore will gain once the Red Line is built connecting Woodlawn with Bayview but no specific examples ("Derailing Maryland light rail," March 20).

Were origin and destination surveys conducted to determine the need for this corridor? Who will ride? Where do the potential riders live, work or shop?

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Will residents of Franklin and Mulberry seek medical care at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center? Will East Baltimoreans be shopping at Security Square Mall? Will Canton residents commute to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services headquarters on Security Boulevard?

How will removing two vehicle lanes from Edmondson Avenue relieve congestion? Other than the construction jobs created for the project, where will additional employment opportunities be generated?

Why not plant trees in the median of the canyon left behind by efforts to build an expressway to downtown Baltimore in the 1960s to accommodate the Red Line and save billions of dollars?

Ronald L. Buchman, Baltimore

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