Federal Environmental Process
Building the Baltimore Red Line could potentially have an impact on the corridor's natural environment – including parks, trees, streams and wetlands. Accordingly, the Maryland Transit Administration is committed to making the Red Line 'green.'
The project has planned extensive environmental mitigation efforts including tree planting, stream restoration and green tracks, conducted archeological surveys of historic sites in the corridor, worked to protect and preserve cultural resources and participated in environmental outreach events such as Earth Day and Green Week. And to make sure this process is as comprehensive and far-reaching as possible, the Red Line project has worked closely with Baltimore City, Baltimore County, the Army Corps of Engineers, the state departments of the Environment and Natural Resources, the Critical Area Commission, Tree Baltimore, Blue Water Baltimore and others.
As with every significant federally funded transportation project, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) process required that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) be prepared for the Red Line study. The Record of Decision for the Red Line, issued by the Federal Transit Administration last year, marked the end of a rigorous and extensive process to identify and then avoid, minimize or mitigate possible impacts to communities, historic buildings and natural resources.