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Rally to stop Maglev train from coming to Maryland

Posted at 7:55 AM, Feb 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-12 07:55:44-05

A super-high speed Maglev train is being proposed that would carry riders from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. in just 15 minutes.

Transportation officials have narrowed down the choices for possible routes for the train. The Baltimore Washington Superconducting Maglev project posted a map on their website. The pink and green lines are two proposed routes. Parts would be above-ground while others would be tunnels. Both possible routes follow the Baltimore Washington Parkway closely.

A grassroots group called Citizens Against this SCMaglev are holding a rally in Annapolis Monday, February 12 to protest the project. It starts at 6 p.m. on Lawyers Mall outside of the state house. The group doesn't believe the train brings any economic or transportation benefits to Maryland.

The train would travel between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore at more than 300 mph, which would make the trip between the two cities just 15 minutes long.

An environmental impact study is being done right now, it's set to be finished by next year. If it's approved crews could break ground on the project as early as 2020.

The cost of the Maglev train is between $10 and $12 billion. Japan has already pledged $5 million. A company there owns the Maglev technology.