On June 25, 2015, when Governor Larry Hogan cancelled the Red Line light rail project, he sent a clear message to Baltimore City and the broader region: if we want a prosperous and equitable city, we will have to stand up and fight for it.
The Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition was formed out of the Baltimore Red Line Title VI Initiative, a group of community economic development advocates in West Baltimore who contributed thousands of collective hours of time to plan the Red Line as a successful transportation and community development project. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits the disparate and adverse impacts on African-American and low income communities accompanying the Red Line’s cancellation.
While the Federal Transit Administration’s Title VI investigation is ongoing, the Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition has been formed to build a broad political coalition in Baltimore City and beyond that will reinstate and ultimately construct the Red Line light rail.
We are on the right side of history — and reinstating, funding, and constructing the Red Line in the near term is much more possible than it might seem. The Governor’s pattern of conduct related to transportation, and including the Red Line, makes it clear that the Red Line cancellation was more than a simple adjustment in the policy priorities of the state.
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