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Governor announces new transit plan

October 22nd, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Governor  Larry Hogan has announced a $135 million plan to redesign Baltimore's local and express bus systems. WBAL reports the Republican governor said Thursday the comprehensive plan will add 12 new high-frequency and color-coded routes to improve connections to jobs and other types of public transit. Parts of the plan will be implemented soon, with the entire redesign expected by June of 2017.  Hogan was joined at the announcement by Baltimore City Council President Jack Young and Senate Majority Leader  Catherine  Pugh, who represents West Baltimore.

In June, the Hogan administration said it would not move forward with a proposed light rail project in the city known as the Red Line. Hogan says that $2.9 billion plan "was a train to nowhere that was not going to accomplish anything." The Red Line would have connected Canton with Woodlawn, did receive nearly $1-billion in federal money. A number of Democrats had criticized Governor Hogan for abandoning the project. Today, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamnetz called the new Hogan plan "window dressing."

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