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In advance of the public open house meetings that will begin on Saturday, October 14th, the project website has been updated with relevant meeting materials including display boards, mapping of the remaining three preliminary alternative alignments, the comment form, and a link to a video describing the environmental study process.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential impacts of constructing and operating a high-speed superconducting magnetic levitation (SCMAGLEV) system between Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland with an intermediate stop at BWI Airport.  The EIS is being prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and other applicable regulations and procedures.

We welcome your input and encourage you to identify and discuss project-related issues throughout the planning process. Your comments can be submitted through the project This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or comment form.

Where Are We in The Process?

After reviewing the comments and questions received as part of our December 2016 Public Scoping Meetings and April 2017 Public Open House Meetings, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Project Team is currently evaluating preliminary alternatives.

Upcoming Open Houses - Preliminary Alternatives

Details on upcoming Open Houses - Preliminary Alternatives coming soon! Please continue to check the website and sign up for our mailing list to get the latest information.


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October 2017 - Alternatives and Screening Meetings

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and MDOT are in the early stages of preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study the feasibility and potential impacts of a new high-speed rail system. The high-speed, superconducting magnetic levitation (SCMAGLEV) system is proposed by a private company, Baltimore Washington Rapid Rail (BWRR). The SCMAGLEV system would operate between Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland, with a stop at BWI Marshall Airport.

A series of five Open Houses are being held between 10/14/17 and 10/25/17 to provide opportunities for the attendees to review and comment on the:

  • Preliminary alternatives screening analysis results
  • Overview of alternatives recommended for detailed study
  • Technology and engineering features
  • Preliminary station information

A short presentation with a video will start approximately 30 minutes into the meeting. The video will play several times during the Open House hours. Additionally, the Project Team will be available to answer questions as you review maps and other project materials in an Open House format.