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Hogan investing in city transit is pure fantasy

The MTA"s Light Rail, which opened up in 1992 alongside Camden Yards, turns 25 this year. (Baltimore Sun Photo Staff)

I appreciate the optimistic tone of Christopher Mulder's suggestion that Baltimore City might still be able to salvage a Red Line light rail commitment from Gov. Larry Hogan for several reasons ("Could a 'Red Line light' plan work in Baltimore?" May 9). First, it acknowledges that the need and the demand for public transit exists in West Baltimore. Second, it is a tacit concession that BaltimoreLink, the glorified cut and paste job on the city bus system implemented this time last year, wasn't the difference maker it was touted to be.

But I need to remind Mr. Mulder that the Red Line Light sans tunnel was already suggested by West Baltimore delegates and rejected by Governor Hogan even when the money was still on the table. Sadly, the proposed Red Line Light left the station almost three years ago.

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The revival of the Red Line Light would also require an even more improbable event than finding several billion dollars to be lavished on Baltimore City: Namely a politician conceding that he was wrong.

Paul R. Schlitz Jr., Baltimore

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