That fare provision was no small concession. Then-Gov. Martin O’Malley didn’t put a fare increase in the original bill, but lawmakers eventually agreed to one as part of a grand bargain that would see more money for roads in rural and suburban jurisdictions (where leaders often see no benefit for their constituents in money spent on transit) and big mass transit projects in Maryland’s two urban centers. City legislators saw a reasonable trade-off. After all, the Red Line was not only going to help commuters and attract businesses, it was certain to create hundreds of construction jobs (right about now, incidentally, if the project had stayed on track for a 2022 opening). In the end, the measure’s final 27-20 passage in the Senate relied on the support of Baltimore’s delegation, including “yea” votes from Catherine Pugh, Bill Ferguson, Joan Carter Conway, and Nathaniel McFadden and Lisa Gladden. Had those five voted differently, the bill would have died, 25-22.