Red Line Light Rail Alternative 4C

What is Red Line Alternative 4C?

The Red Line Alternative refers to a specific east-west route for the Red Line suitable for light rail. It begins at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the South Side of Security Boulevard, travels past Security Square Mall and the Social Security Administration on the north side of I-70, crossing into Baltimore City at the I-70 East Park and Ride. The route goes underground at this juncture, tunneling beneath Cook’s Lane and surfacing at Edmondson Village. It continues down Edmondson Avenue and onto the lower level of US 40, then to the west side of MLK Blvd. The route tunnels under downtown Baltimore emerging on Boston Street then traveling north on Haven Street to end at Bayview Medical Center.

How Does it Affect You?

The Red Line Alternative 4C, endorsed by the Greater Baltimore Committee, is a proposed 14-mile, east-west transit line that would run from Woodlawn through downtown Baltimore to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, improving transit connections and making it easier for Baltimore area residents to get to jobs, shopping, schools, medical facilities, entertainment and more. Red Line Alternative 4C will link to the north-south Light Rail, Metro Subway and MARC trains, creating a 21st century transportation system.

  • Red Line Alternative 4C will cost approximately $1.6 billion and construction could begin as early as 2012. The multiplier effect of this $1.6 billion investment could mean $3.5 billion for the Baltimore metro region.
  • Red Line Alternative 4C will provide convenient transportation to leisure destinations such as Oriole Park at Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, 1st Mariner Arena, the Baltimore Convention Center, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Hippodrome Theatre, and Harbor Place. These venues attract more than 12,000,000 people annually.
  • Red Line Alternative 4C would generate 17,000 construction jobs.
  • Within the vicinity of the Red Line Alternative 4C corridor, there are 7,500 businesses employing more than 192,000 workers.
  • Red Line Alternative 4C will support emerging new development at locations such as Inner Harbor East and Uplands. It could also spur revitalization efforts at Security Square Mall, Edmondson Village, Canton Crossing, Greektown and around the West Baltimore MARC station.
  • Red Line Alternative 4C will reduce transit travel times by 48 percent (or 39 minutes) from one end of the corridor to the other when compared to existing bus travel times.
  • For those using an automobile, Red Line Alternative 4C will reduce commuter travel costs by 30-50 percent on average.
  • More than 42,000 people per day are expected to use the Red Line Alternative 4C resulting in approximately 67,000 fewer daily automobile vehicle miles traveled. This would result in a reduction in air pollution of 566 kilograms per day.

Maps of Red Line

Map of Regional Rail Plan

Maps of Alternative 4C

What Can You Do To Help?

Over the next two months, the Greater Baltimore region business community will take a leadership position to ensure that Red Line Alternative 4C, the first major expansion of transit in the Baltimore region in 25 years, moves forward. As a GBC member, please engage fully in the effort to promote this vital transportation project. There are very specific activities that you and your company can undertake that will, quite literally, mean the difference between the success or failure of this project. Here is what you can do:

1. Send a letter of support for Red Line Alternative 4C to: Red Line c/o Office of Planning, 6 St. Paul St., 9th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202. This will make your letter part of the public record. Send copies to Governor Martin J. O’Malley, Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari, and members of Congressional delegation. Please be sure to state that you are a GBC member and 4C is the Alternative endorsed by the GBC. In order for us to keep track of our members’ efforts, please email a copy of your letter to or fax it to Liz Pettengill at (410) 539-5705. The months of November and December are the optimal time to send letters.

2. Write a letter to the editor at local newspapers in support of Red Line Alternative 4C.
It is critical for the business community to lead this effort to move the Red Line to the finish line. Our public officials need to know how strong the private sector support is and it is our responsibility to demonstrate that. This is truly a once in a decade opportunity and we can not afford to sit back and allow other projects to move ahead of Baltimore’s need for a more robust transit system and transportation alternatives for our workforce. 

GBC transit rally message: ‘We need the Red Line, and we need it now’ 
GBC to host business rally for the Red Line, Dec. 2 
Area colleges, hospitals support GBC’s call for light rail Red Line with two strategic tunnels 
GBC voices support for light rail, two tunnels 
GBC continues its advocacy for Red Line Alternative 4C 
GBC’s Don Fry two-part commentary on Baltimore’s Red Line 
Gas prices turn commuter attention to transit options and funding issues 
Baltimore region needs to get organized for its transportation future 

GBC In The News
WBAL-TV Channel 11 – Red Line Editorial

GBC urges light rail over buses for east-west line
(10/1/08, The Baltimore Sun) 

GBC likes Red Line light rail
(10/1/08, The Daily Record) 

Greater Baltimore Committee urges adoption of Red Line plan with light rail, strategic tunnels
(9/30/08, Wireless Business and Technology) 

State cutting $1.1B from transportation
(9/11/08, The Daily Record) 

Other Information
Executive summary of MTA’s Red Line Alternatives Analysis/Draft Environmental Impact Study 
Donald C. Fry, president and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee – Testimony – 11/6 Public Hearing

Contact Us
The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) is comprised of leading businesses, nonprofits, educational and civic institutions in the Baltimore region. Its mission is to improve the region’s business climate by organizing its corporate and civic leadership to develop solutions to problems that affect the region’s competitiveness and viability.

The GBC has made has made advocacy for viable regional transportation a top priority, launching a three-pronged initiative that includes lobbying at the state level, monitoring and evaluating new developments and proposals, and working on the federal level to ensure that regional transportation plans are funded.

Questions? Comments? Contact us:
Greater Baltimore Committee
111 South Calvert Street, Suite 1700
Baltimore, MD 21202


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