SEIS Will Be Prepared for Maryland Transit Administration’s Red Line Project

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FTA and the Maryland Transit Administration issued a notice that a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) will be prepared for the Red Line Project.

The SEIS will be prepared in accordance with the NEPA Act (National Environmental Policy Act). The Red Line Project is a “proposed high-frequency, high-capacity, approximately 14-mile transit line for the Baltimore Region.” The project will implement transit service between Woodlawn and Bayview in Maryland.

The SEIS will build on the NEPA analysis and technical reports in addition to local and regional planning studies. According to the notice, the SEIS will “reassess tunneling options, as well as changes to the eastern end of the proposed Project alignment.” As well, the SEIS will pay attention to changes in “the affected environment and project impacts, operational changes, regulations, and mitigation measures.” Once the SEIS is completed, it will be able for public comment before public hearings. 

On May 16, 2024, the MDOT announced the Maryland Transit Administration had selected its Red Line Community Advisory Team (CAT) members. The selected 25 individuals represent community members and business owners who volunteered to serve on the Team. According to a release from the MDOT, the members will help provide vital information and perspective to the Red Line project team during the planning and design process. A full list of the CAT members can be found here.

In advancing the SEIS, the MDOT reports the Maryland Transit Administration will conduct non-invasive field work along the project corridor. While the work will include gathering utility marking information, topographic data, and utility and storm drain structure information among others. This is not expected to cause property damage to surrounding areas.

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