Baltimore Red Line February 2013 Newsletter

The Red Line is a proposed 14.1-mile rail line connecting the areas of Woodlawn (Baltimore County), Edmondson Village, West Baltimore, downtown Baltimore, Harbor East, Fells Point, Canton and the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus in eastern Baltimore City.

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Next Stop: Record of Decision

Rendering of Red Line train.The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation, describing and summarizing the transportation and environmental impacts related to the implementation of the Baltimore Red Line, were available for a 45-day public review period ending on January 28, 2013. Over 200 comments and letters were received and will be taken into consideration by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in its decision to issue a Record of Decision (ROD). The FEIS remains located on the project website at www.baltimoreredline.com.

The next significant milestone for the project would be receiving a Record of Decision on the Preferred Alternative from the FTA. The ROD signifies that FTA concurs that the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act have been satisfied for the Baltimore Red Line Project and allows the Maryland Transit Administration to move forward into the Final Design phase.

Art in Transit Process Moves Forward

The artist review station design renderings.In the fall of 2012, the Baltimore Red Line announced its Art in Transit program. The program aims to enhance the stations and the environment along the corridor in order to make the Red Line more welcoming to riders, integrated into communities and reflective of the communities' characteristics and histories. In December 2012, 41 artists responded to a Call for Artists/Request for Qualifications for Phase 1 of the program. According to Jo Schneider, the Art in Transit Manager, "a number of terrific artists with impressive portfolios and talent responded to the request." A selection committee, composed of community arts leaders from the Baltimore area, reviewed the applications to identify two artists for Phase 1.

Nobuho Nagasawa is an interdisciplinary artist who has been commissioned for more than 30 public art projects internationally and has received numerous awards. Her civic projects include works for the Los Angeles (CA) Metro System and for the Sound Transit system in Seattle, WA.

Jann Rosen-Queralt is an artist motivated to create places that encourage human interaction. A sample of her commissions include a rain garden that treats stormwater runoff at Powhatan Springs Park, Arlington, Virginia; and a sound garden at the Billingsley Medical Center , Charlotte, North Carolina. She is presently a member of the Public Art Commission for the City of Baltimore and teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Congratulations to Nobuho Nagasawa and Jann Rosen-Queralt! These artists will collaborate with the project team and the community to identify opportunities to incorporate art into Red Line design elements. For more information about the program and the artists selected, please visit the Art in Transit page on the project website.

Community Spotlight...Making and Preserving History

The Baltimore Red Line will add another page to Baltimore's rich community history. This month, the Baltimore Red Line travels to the western end of the line to highlight a community member who is doing his part to preserve history. Louis Diggs, a published author and resident of Baltimore County, has dedicated his time and efforts uncovering the rich history of Black Americans in the Baltimore region.

His first of many books, "It All Started on Winters Lane," was published in 1995. His subsequent work gave an account of African American and Native American history throughout Baltimore County, including Greenspring Valley and Arbutus. His work documenting black culture and history also includes an extensive photo collection, which has been featured at several festivals, including the Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival.

Diggs' most recent work, with grants from Baltimore County government, details his findings in north Baltimore County. He is currently working on his tenth book on African Americans who served in the Civil War. Diggs continues to make great contributions in telling the story of Baltimore, bringing to light the region's past accomplishments that will help guide its future. The Baltimore Red Line salutes this local champion.

You can learn more about Mr. Diggs by watching the featured interview on a special edition of Hello Baltimore County.

Citizens' Advisory Council Next Meeting

The Red Line Citizens' Advisory Council (CAC) will meet on:

Thursday, March 14, 2013
7:00 p.m.
St. William of York Church
600 Cooks Lane
Baltimore MD 21229

The CAC is responsible for advising the MTA on impacts, opportunities and community concerns about the Red Line. For more information, visit the CAC page on the project website.

 

For additional project information, please contact:

Maryland Transit Administration
Transit Development & Delivery
100 South Charles Street
Tower 2, Suite 700
Baltimore, MD 21201

Tamika C. Gauvin
Public Involvement Manager

Maryland Transit Administration

443-451-3707

www.baltimoreredline.com

info@baltimoreredline.com

 

Martin O'Malley
Governor

Anthony G. Brown
Lt. Governor

Darrell B. Mobley
Acting Maryland
Transportation Secretary

Ralign T. Wells
Administrator, Maryland
Transit Administration

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