I was disappointed to read in The Baltimore Sun that former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has come out in strong opposition to the proposed Red Line and Purple Line light rail projects ("Ehrlich's stance opposing light rail could backfire," June 17). I was a public transportation official for more than 40 years and directly involved in mass transit projects in Baltimore, Boston, Stockholm and Washington.
I believe that the Red Line, which I am more familiar with, is an urgently needed transportation improvement for the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. It will provide rapid transit type service to the west and east corridors and supplement the existing central light rail and Baltimore Metro lines, thus helping to achieve a regional rapid transit system for the Baltimore area, much like the Washington Metro does today.