U.S. to give $1.7 million for 2 city projects

Money will go for trail, restoring historic station

September 08, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The federal government will contribute $1.7 million for projects in Baltimore to extend the Jones Falls Trail from Pennsylvania Station to Woodberry and restore historic Mount Royal Station, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced yesterday.

The 2.75-mile Jones Falls Trail extension will link Penn Station and the Woodberry Light Rail stop and provide "a great way to get around Baltimore," Ehrlich said in a written statement. The trail segment, which will cost $1.6 million, will wind through Druid Hill Park. City officials will match the federal government's $800,000 contribution.

Renovation of Mount Royal Station will be split between the federal government and the Maryland Institute College of Art, with each contributing $900,000, Ehrlich said. When the project is complete, visitors will be able to "retrace the steps of 19th-century train passengers," he said.

The station, part of the institute's campus, was built in 1896 by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, a 3rd District Democrat, said the $1.7 million from the federal Transportation Enhancement Program, which funds nontraditional transportation works, will help get both projects off the ground.

Cardin said the partnership will "preserve existing assets and create new ones in our community."

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