Baltimore Red Line March 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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MTA and DLLR Partner to Prepare Maryland Residents for Transportation Careers

Transportation Investment Act Would Support 44,000 Jobs

BALTIMORE, MD (MARCH 13, 2013) – Today, Maryland Transit Administrator Ralign T. Wells and Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard J. Howie III, signed a partnership agreement for the two agencies to work together in preparing Marylanders for thousands of skilled construction trade jobs expected to be generated by the Red and Purple Line transit projects and other transportation investments around the state. The partnership agreement builds from the announcement last week by Governor O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch to pass legislation dedicating more than $3.4 billion to transportation projects over the next five years.

Echoing Governor O'Malley's remarks when announcing the Transportation Investment Act, MTA Administrator Wells said that, "Building a 21st Century transportation network requires a significant financial investment from the Governor and General Assembly. We can make that investment even smarter by making sure that Maryland's workforce is ready to build, to operate and to maintain that transportation network as it grows."

MTA and DLLR have worked together over the past year to identify five trades where the major transportation projects such as the Red and Purple lines might see a workforce shortage. Specifically, the agencies have identified heavy equipment operators, electricians, cement/brickmasons, carpenters and ironworkers as high-priority trades where the projected number of apprentices and journey-level workers may be in short supply as the workforce continues to age. The Agreement will help to focus DLLR's job training efforts on these trades through partnerships with labor unions, local workforce development agencies, contractors and community-based organizations.

Wells and Howie shake hands.

Maryland Transit Administrator Ralign T. Wells and Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard J. Howie III sign a partnership agreement focused on preparing a pipeline of trained and ready-to-work Marylanders for the Region's transportation future.

Workforce Group Photo  

Together, the Red and Purple lines are expected to yield nearly 7,000 construction jobs. Thousands of other jobs in administrative, professional, technical and manufacturing fields will support the construction. MTA and DLLR will also initiate outreach activities in the Red and Purple Line corridors and across the State to encourage residents to prepare for job opportunities.

"As Maryland's Department of Labor continues to build a full pipeline of trained and ready-to-work Marylanders, we're thrilled to partner with MTA to direct specific workplace efforts toward those who will build Maryland's transportation future. Our team efforts will support the entire transportation workforce continuum from preparing Marylanders for their first job—to achieving the highest possible certifications in their field," said Labor Secretary Howie.

Rod Easter, President of the Baltimore Building Trades Council and a member of the Governor's Workforce Investment Board also voiced his support. "Transportation projects bring thousands of jobs with family-supporting wages. We applaud the leadership of Governor O'Malley, Secretary Howie and Administrator Wells for their commitment to building a well-skilled workforce for the transportation industry from right here in our communities."

For more information on the MTA Workforce Development Program, click here.

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



Martin O'Malley

Anthony G. Brown
Lt. Governor

Darrell B. Mobley
Acting Maryland
Transportation Secretary

Ralign T. Wells
Administrator, Maryland
Transit Administration

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