Baltimore, MD


Project: Charles Street Streetcar:

New line, running from the Inner Harbor waterfront to Johns Hopkins University, along Charles Street, St. Paul Street, and Cathedral Street, via Penn Station

$150 million likely cost

Not currently funded

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Baltimore, MD

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Maglev could bring significant social and economic benefits our region, including:

Reduced Washington, D.C. to Baltimore travel time to under 20 minutes.

Even distribution of airline passengers among the region's three airports.

Increased employment opportunities, especially in construction and new super-conducting technology.

Enhanced economic vitality and tourism in the two interconnected urban areas of Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Reduced air pollution and gasoline consumption.

Reduced highway congestion in the corridor.



Actually, they're streetcars, but they resemble worms because they share the ability to bend in a couple of places, making them more nimble than streetcars of old when it comes to negotiating turns. They are about eight feet wide and 66 feet long and are powered by overhead electrical lines.

The three cars, built in the Czech Republic by Skoda-Inekon, arrived in Baltimore by ship over the weekend and were loaded onto flatbed trucks for the trip to Metro's Greenbelt Yard, where they will sit until the first D.C. streetcar tracks are ready for them.

The District Department of Transportation says the first project, a 1.5-mile line in Anacostia, should be operating by fall 2012.