A Franco-Californian company is proposing a 3,700-foot-long monorail to whisk visitors to Harborplace and the new Orioles ballpark at Camden Yards from the stadium's parking lot south of Hamburg Street. The whole trip would take less than 4 minutes and would cost a nominal amount (a quarter), which in this world buys little transportation, except a ride on the Staten Island ferry.
This $17 million proposal by VSL Corp., an affiliate of the giant Boyugues Group of France, represents a striking opportunity for Baltimore to achieve a number of things that could make areas around the new baseball stadium more desirable for business and pleasure.
For one thing, the plan would turn a far-away stadium parking lot into a year-around asset that could serve the parking needs of commuters to Washington, light-rail customers, conventioneers, tourists and downtown businessmen. After all, the new MARC train terminal and light-rail stop would be just a short monorail hop away from both the parking lot and Harborplace.