Two bills pertaining to MAGLEV have been scheduled for a hearing before the Environment and Transportation Committee in the House of Delegates.

 

The hearings are both scheduled for Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 1 p.m. in the afternoon.   More information can be found at these links:

 

HB637   http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=hb0637&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2018RS

This bill requires counties to hold a public hearing if transferring an asset for use in a high speed transportation system as well as public notification by the transportation entity to all homeowners and businesses within 500 feet of the transferred asset. 

 

And

 

HB638   http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=hb0637&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2018RS

This bill requires municipal agreements if counties choose to sell assets to high-speed transportation systems if such assets fall within municipal lines.  

 

Every Committee Chair sets individual guidelines for that Committee.   Guidelines on written and oral testimony  before the Environment and Transportation Committee can be found at this link:http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/pubs-current/current-env-faqs.pdf

 

If interested attached is a scan of today’s handout from  MDOT at the briefing before the Environment and Transportation Committee.

 

As always, please feel free to email me if you have questions at Geraldine.Valentino@house.state.md.us or call 301-858-3101.  

LSIA Representatives meet with Senator Van Hollen to discuss SCMAGLEV study

By Suzzie Schuyler & Dan Woomer

Important update regarding the LSIA opposition to the BWRR's proposed SCMAGLEV project:

Organized and invited by Dennis Brady, from Prince George's County and lead for Citizens Against SCMagLev (CATS), Suzzie Schuyler (LSIA), Dan Woomer (LSIA) and community leaders with other concerned citizens from Bowie and Greenbelt met with Senator Van Hollen in his Washington, DC, office on Thursday, January 11, 2017.

Working with our partner communities, we express our concerns with the proposed SCMagLev system to the Senator and staff. We were pleased to see that they were prepared, open minded, and attentive. Our concerns were heard, and he was engaging by asking probing questions which were all addressed. His staff will review the information we provided. In addition, the Senator has directed his staff to review the NEPA process and Grant language. They will report back to him with their findings and he will make a determination for the next step.

It is the consensus of the group that the discrepancy and the language difference between NEPA and the EIS scope is in conflict. Our hope is the review will either end the process for the SCMagLev system or force the inclusion of the alternative solutions such as the existing Amtrak services and their (Northeast Corridor) NEC FUTURE Plan. We were pleased the Senator shared our concerns with cost and community impact.

Please visit us at www.lsia.net for more community news and information.

SCMAGLEV Form Letter

The Honorable Maryland Governor Larry Hogan

100 State Circle

Annapolis, Maryland 21401

 

Maryland Department of Transportation
Bradley M. Smith, Director of Office of Freight and Multimodalism
7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD 21076

email: bsmith9@mdot.state.md.us

SCMAGLEV Project, c/o Suhair Al Khatib
Maryland Transit Administration
6 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

email: salkhatib@mta.maryland.gov

 

 

[ENTER DATE]

 

 

Dear Governor Hogan,

 

My name is [ENTER NAME] and I reside at [ENTER ADDRESS]. I am writing to inform you that I oppose the SCMALEV train project for many reasons, including the following:

 

  • There are thousands of people in the path of the SCMAGLEV train who will be adversely impacted by the train either running through or under their homes, by the many years of construction activity and because of the unsightly ventilation facilities that will need to be installed.
  • SCMAGLEV is an unproven technology that has never been profitable or successful in any community, especially in the United States (e.g. California’s MAGLEV project).
  • Based on the history of MAGLEV trains in the United States and in Japan, residents in Maryland are likely to be stuck with a large tax bill for years to come.
  • Maryland already has several train systems that we can use that do not disrupt and destroy the communities along the path that the SCMAGLEV train is proposed to take.
  • The SCMAGLEV train will not save any time in commute from Baltimore to District of Columbia when transit time between my home and the train station is taken into account. It will also be much more expensive than commuting by car or MARC.

 

Thank you for taking the time to review my letter. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you want to discuss this issue further.

 

 

Very Truly Yours,

 

 

_____________________

[ENTER NAME]

 

 

 

CC:

Additional Addresses and Repreentatives

 

Maryland Department of Transportation
Bradley M. Smith, Director of Office of Freight and Multimodalism
7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD 21076

email: bsmith9@mdot.state.md.us
 

Paul Nissenbaum, Associate Administrator

Office of Railroad Policy & Development

Federal Railroad Administration

1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE

Washington, DC 20590

email: OfficeofRPD@dot.gov

 

Anne Arundel County Executive

Steven R. Schuh Arundel Center

44 Calvert Street

Annapolis, MD 21404-1831

email: sschuh@aacounty.org

 

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin

509 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

email: https://www.cardin.senate.gov/contact/email-ben

 

Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen

110 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

email: https://www.vanhollen.senate.gov/content/contact-senator

 

Congressman John P. Sarbanes (US House District 3)

2444 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

email: md03ima@mail.house.gov

 

State Senator James DeGrange, Sr.

James Senate Office Building, Room 101

11 Bladen St.

Annapolis, Maryland 21401

email: james.degrange@senate.state.md.us

 

Delegate Pamela Beidle

House Office Building, Room 165

6 Bladen St.

Annapolis, Maryland 21401

email: pamela.beidle@house.state.md.us

 

Delegate Mark Chang

House Office Building, Room 160

6 Bladen St.

Annapolis, Maryland 21401

email: mark.chang@house.state.md.us

 

Delegate Theodore Sophocleus

House Office Building, Room 162

6 Bladen St. Annapolis, Maryland 21401

email: ted.sophocleus@house.state.md.us

 

County Council (District 1)

Councilman Peter Smith

44 Calvert Street, 1st Floor

Annapolis, Maryland 21401

email: peter.smith@aacounty.org

 

Administrator Scott Pruitt

USEPA Headquarters

William Jefferson Clinton Building

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.

Mail Code: 1101A

Washington, DC 20460

email: pruitt.scott@epa.gov

 

EPA Acting Regional Administrator Cecil Rodrigues

US EPA Region 3

Environmental Protection Agency

1650 Arch Street

Mail Code: 3RA00

Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029

email: rodrigues.cecil@epa.gov

 

Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

401 F Street NW, Suite 308

Washington, DC 20001-2637

email: achp@achp.gov

 

Ms. Mary B. Neumayr

Acting Chief of Staff

Council on Environmental Quality

Executive Office of the President

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20500

email: XXXXXXXXXXXX

 

Ms. Elizabeth Hughes

Director/State Historic Preservation Officer

Maryland Historical Trust

100 Community Place, 3rd Floor

Crownsville, MD 21032-2023

email: elizabeth.hughes@maryland.gov