Meeting will examine light rail plan MTA prepares session to discuss extension

June 26, 1996|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

Glen Burnie residents called and the state Mass Transit Administration listened.

The MTA has been inundated with calls from residents who want to know more about its $300,000 environmental study that looks at extending light rail to the heart of town, said an MTA spokesman.

The result is a public information meeting from 6: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road.

The study, due in September, will examine community, engineering and environmental issues along with potential locations for a walk-up station, expected ridership and cost, said MTA spokesman Anthony Brown. The bulk of the study was paid for with federal money.

The MTA has been looking into ways to extend the transit line three-quarters of a mile from Cromwell Station to the Glen Burnie urban renewal district.

Four routes are under consideration, including one supported by the community. That route would run from the current terminus at Cromwell Station near Dorsey Road across Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard to Eighth Avenue, then follow Eighth Avenue across Crain Highway to a stop near the Glen Burnie Town Center.

All of the other routes involve building a bridge over Dorsey Road. One route would extend south from Cromwell Station and use bridges to cross Dorsey Road and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard. The route would proceed south to Georgia Avenue and across Crain Highway to Ritchie Highway.

The other two routes would take similar paths. One would follow the B & A Trail from Dorsey Road to Crain Highway; the other would follow the trail but stop near the Glen Burnie Carnival grounds.

Joseph Corcoran, president of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, said his group will wait for the study to be completed before it takes a position.

But Corcoran said he has no qualms about light rail. He sees the extension of light rail and development of the Glen Burnie Town Center as vital to the growth of Glen Burnie.

Residents have expressed concerns about safety and security, the feasibility of extending light rail and its impact on the hiker-biker trail, something that also concerns Corcoran.

"I don't want to see it go down the B & A Trail, but I don't want to see Glen Burnie left out of the picture altogether," he said. "I think we will end up becoming an island segregated from the rest of the communities."

Three other proposed routes were dropped because they would have adversely affected traffic along Route 648 and Crain Highway or because they didn't allow enough room for the trains to maneuver around buildings.

It could take at least five years to move from the study phase to finishing the project, which could cost $15 million to $20 million. No state or federal money has been designated for construction, said MTA officials.

Pub Date: 6/26/96

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