BRINGING LIGHT rail into Glen Burnie should enhance the community. Yet neither of the two alignments being considered to extend the line that now runs from Hunt Valley in Baltimore County to Baltimore-Washington International Airport would accomplish this goal. Before the process continues, state Mass Transit Administration officials should re-examine an option they rejected earlier.
The MTA is weighing the circuitous 8th Avenue route, favored by the Glen Burnie Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Avenue alignment, which would destroy Glen Burnie's most picturesque residential street. Neither of these is satisfactory.
The highly impractical 8th Avenue route recommends a loop around Glen Burnie, which would double construction costs to $43 million and add 10 minutes to the trip from the Cromwell Station stop. Meanwhile, the proposed route via Georgia Avenue would require demolition of 14 houses and cleave Glen Burnie. This destruction would offset the benefits gained by bringing light rail into the town center, no sooner than 10 years from now.