Ferndale Residents Put Planned Rail Stop On Right Track


October 16, 1990|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

Although a hi-tech light rail train system will be stopping at Ferndale by 1992, residents are interested in designing a stop that will reflect the town's railroad history.

Ferndale residents have been working with the Mass Transit Authority and architects to design the station, which will be built on the current railroad right of way on Ferndale Road between Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Broadview Road.

Pat Barland, a county community revitalization manager, said the original design offered by the MTA was not in keeping with the historic nature of the town.

"We felt it was too much like the city-of-the-future type of design," she said. "And it was not in keeping with the history the town has of being an old railroad community."

Helen Dale, an MTA spokeswoman, said the authority offers a "station enhancement program" for all communities along the light rail system.

"It allows $10,000 for personalization of the station from a limited menu of options," she said.

The station will consist of a roofed shelter with wind screens, benches and a ticket vending machine. It should have a look similar to the community's old B & A Railroad station, which was demolished more than 25 years ago when the line stopped carrying passengers, said Leo Harnen, president of the Ferndale-Linthicum Area Community Association.

Harnen said people in the community were thinking about rebuilding the station as it was in pictures from the 1950s.

"But when we heard MTA was in the picture, we decided not to" and let the state agency take care of it, he said.

Today, no station sits on the right of way, which is maintained by the Ferndale Garden Club. "There is just a freight line there now," said Ferndale resident and club President Carol Wagner.

Wagner said the club has been maintaining the area around the right of way for the last 16 years.

Harnen, Barland and Wagner met with station landscapers Friday.

"They made some recommendations and we made some recommendations," Harnen said.

Although the MTA has agreed to maintain the landscaping of the station once it has opened, Wagner said, the Garden Club will serve as a subcontractor.

"We have been keeping it up for this long and we want it to continue to look as nice," she said.

The light-rail line is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 1992, Dale said, and will run 22.5 miles, from Hunt Valley in Baltimore County to Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie.

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