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With Red Line axed, Kamenetz seeks transportation study

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is asking the Baltimore Metropolitan Council to come up with new proposals to deal with transportation issues, in light of the state's move away from funding the Red Line mass transit project.

Kamenetz, who chairs the Baltimore Metropolitan Council wants the study done by the council's staff in the next 90 days.

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Gov. Larry Hogan has decided not to fund the Red Line a proposed east-west light rail line in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Instead, he is funneling more state transportation money into highway projects, including in rural counties.

Funding for the Red Line was the top transportation priority for the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, which is comprised of government leaders in the Baltimore region.

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"If the governor eliminates construction of the Red Line, we must identify alternative ideas that will reduce traffic congestion and travel times, while improving transportation access," Kamenetz said in a statement. "Just saying 'No' is not a transportation solution."

The House of Delegates and state Senate, meanwhile, plan to hold a joint hearing in Annapolis on Tuesday to discuss Hogan's transportation priorities.

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