Speak Out!

June 15, 2005

THE ISSUE: METRO TO FORT MEADE

In preparation for the growth expected for the area around Fort Meade, the Army post's retiring commander last week offered details of a three-decade master plan that includes extending a Washington Metro rail line from Greenbelt to a proposed station at the National Business Park - and perhaps even to Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Baltimore. Col. John W. Ives said the proposal was a formal step to manage growth in and around the 5,300-acre installation in western Anne Arundel County as it solidifies its place as a national center of information and defense technology. The cost of the 10-mile extension, according to experts, would be at least $1 billion.

YOUR VIEW

Is extending Washington's Metro to Fort Meade and beyond worth the cost? Are there better ways to manage Fort Meade's growth? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by tomorrow. Please keep you responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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