Video Series with Delegate Clippinger: Transit Upgrades and the Red Line

| December 18, 2013 | 4 Comments

BannerRouteThis is the sixth video segment from’s sit-down series with District 46 Delegate and Riverside resident Luke Clippinger. In this segment, we discuss potential transit upgrades in South Baltimore, including the possibility of a MARC station in Riverside, as well as the problems facing the Red Line.




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  • I wish the south Baltimore delegation luck in bringing the MARC to Riverside. When the Red Line comes, it will make the lives of so many people better. It will be faster, better
    looking, and better designed than the current light rail. It will connect to
    downtown, the stadiums, and the MARC lines.
    I live right next to the Woodberry light rail stop. It does not divide the community physically or in any other way. Many people walk to the station to go to games, events, and some even to the airport. My car collects dust because the light rail is often a better option than driving in traffic and searching for parking. For the parking deprived in southeast Baltimore, the Red Line will often be your salvation.

  • bmoreguy

    I think the South Baltimore neighborhoods would jump for joy for a MARC station in Riverside. Also, now that it runs on weekends it’d be great for Ft. McHenry and Locust Point. Put a bike share station right there and the possibilities are endless.

    Delegate Clippinger makes an excellent point about Downtown and the Light Rail. We need a better downtown than what we have. If the city put the same amount of enthusiasm into revitalizing downtown as they have the casino we would be well on our way to being a top tier city. It is time for our leadership to stop worrying about the attitudes now and start planning for where Baltimore needs to be in the future. A robust and reliable public transportation network that people feel safe on will be a very strong start to achieving that goal.

  • Grant Corley

    For the sake of us who live, work, and commute in Southeast Baltimore, I hope that the Red Line is built within our lifetimes.

    The district is booming, and it’s getting more congested…there are plenty of new apartments in the works that have not even been built yet. I’ve already been stuck in standstill traffic jams on Boston, Eastern, Fayette, and other east-west arteries more times than I care to remember. As parking and traffic become more snarled, it’s apparent that we cannot work our way out of the problem with angled parking spaces.

    I look forward to the day when we have reliable and hassle-free access to downtown, the airport, and the rest of the area via quality public transit, starting with the Red Line as proposed. It will improve the quality of life and economic competitiveness of our district, and our entire city. Let’s hope our elected officials get on board.

  • Ben Groff

    The City should be united behind the Red Line.

    The tunnel is not cheap, sure, but it makes all the difference between the Red Line and the current light rail which is forced to contend with surface traffic through downtown. From my stop – West Cold Spring – until you approach downtown, the current light rail moves at a pretty good clip, even though it’s not heavy rail. Once it moves into the traffic corridors, it slows down dramatically.

    Portland’s surface transit system is no doubt enviable, but the city would have to grow by ~420,000 to match the density of Baltimore. It’s just not quite a comparable city. And on the other hand, isn’t Portland proof positive that even surface transit lines do not “disrupt” neighborhoods when properly designed?

    As for the bus system – I don’t have a car, so I use it a lot. Without some means of alleviating congestion in the current surface traffic corridors, though, redesigning bus routes can only go so far. And GPS doesn’t address unreliability, it just mitigates the pain by giving riders real time data that can be used to make trip planning decisions on the fly.

    An E-W light rail project with an underground tunnel through the most dense/congested area of town, with cheaper, surface level routing in less dense areas of the city seems like a good way to get the most bang for the buck.

    And once the tunnel is dug, the city will reap the benefits for long time. It’s not as if this E-W route through the CBD and important waterfront neighborhoods would ever suffer from lack of utility. These are growing neighborhoods in a city that has just finally started to grow again. We need the Red Line to link MARC stations and the other transit lines and allow growth to accelerate.