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Red Line

Managing the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed light rail transit connection.
  • Rendering of station along the proposed Red Line—a transit project to improve mobility-Gannett Fleming

    Rendering of a station along the proposed Red Line.

Maryland Transit Administration

Jacobs, STV, Wallace Montgomery, Whitman Requardt & Associates

Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Maryland

Our Role
Preparation of Environmental Impact Statement, Environmental Compliance, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Technical Guidance.

14.1-mile, east-west transit line
New Construction
5 years
  • Environmental impact studies
  • Identification of ways to reduce and avoid environmental impacts
  • Description of the environmental setting and areas that would be affected.

The Maryland Transit Administration, in coordination with the Federal Transit Administration,  proposed the implementation of the Baltimore region’s first east-west rapid transit connection. The $2.9 billion project’s intent was to improve system connectivity, transportation choices, and mobility in the city, as well as support economic development efforts and improve the quality of life of residents and visitors.

What We Did

Although the project is not moving forward, the Red Line project underwent an extremely rigorous procedural and environmental review process. As part of the program management, our firm assisted with managing the preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and overall environmental compliance. We provided quality assurance/quality control services and technical guidance and review of the Red Line FEIS and associated technical reports, the Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation, and the Record of Decision for the proposed project.

Key Features

  • Expanded on the analysis in the alternatives analysis/draft environmental impact statement issued in September of 2008
  • Provided a comparative analysis between the no-build alternative and the preferred alternative 
  • Information helped citizens, elected officials, government agencies, businesses, and other stakeholders to assess the potential adverse and beneficial effects of the project on the natural and built environments.

Awards & Recognition

Maryland Quality Award for Planning, 2013, Maryland Quality Initiative, Awards of Excellence.

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