LSIA Supports the Maryland General Assembly Senate Bill 200

LSIA Supports the Maryland General Assembly Senate Bill 200

Speaker: Dan Woomer, Vice President

Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association (LSIA)

Hearing: Budget and Taxation and Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

West Miller Senate Building

11 Bladen Street - Room 3

Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Summary:

The Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association (LSIA) joins with Senators Pinsky and Peters to support this session’s Senate Bill 200 – “prohibiting the State and certain units and instrumentalities of the State from using any appropriation for a magnetic levitation transportation system in the State; prohibiting a public or private entity that receives money from the State from authorizing a permit or giving any other form of approval for a magnetic levitation transportation system in the State; prohibiting a proposal for a magnetic levitation transportation system from using certain right–of–way or track owned or operated by certain railroad companies; and generally relating to State appropriations for magnetic levitation transportation systems.”

Testimony:

Good afternoon. My name is Daniel E. Woomer, I’m the Vice President of the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association, also known as LSIA. I’ve lived in Linthicum over 39 years. I’m authorized to speak for our community association.

Thank you for scheduling this hearing and for the opportunity to speak with you in support of Senate Bill 200.

Linthicum, comprising the communities of North Linthicum, Linthicum, Crestwood and Linthicum-Shipley is a small town located south of Baltimore City, in Anne Arundel County. Our history dates back to the mid-1600’s as part of a land grant from England which led to the Linthicum and Shipley families establishing some of the earliest agricultural interests in our County. This farming area has evolved over the past centuries into a residential community.

Following the advent of train travel, our community became a place for lawyers, doctors, bankers, and others to move out of the city and into a more open and quiet community. Following WWII, Linthicum evolved into a suburb made up of residences, schools, our own fire station, our own post office, with small, medium and large businesses. Linthicum families typically come to stay, with many families having five or more generations rooted in our community. Of course, the Linthicum and Shipley families have far deeper roots. LSIA represents over 2,700 households and businesses, and has over 500 active household members. LSIA is opposed to the building of the SCMagLev and supports Senate Bill 200.

There are four principal reasons LSIA is opposed to building the SCMagLev: (1) It does not serve Marylanders, yet destroys our communities and green spaces. (2) It will generate Insufficient revenue requiring Government subsidies. (3) It will follow previous world experiences with such systems; many of which have failed or are being maintained with large government subsidies. (4) The need for other far more higher value transportation infrastructure improvements outweigh wasting funds on building the SCMagLev.

(1) SCMagLev Does Not Serve Marylanders, Yet Destroys Our Communities and Green Spaces.

Others will talk at greater depth of the impact of building the underground and elevated sections of the proposed SCMagLev from Baltimore, to BWI on onto Washington, DC. SCMagLev project will result in the:

• The destruction of swaths of homes, businesses, historic sights, and greenspaces through Prince Georges county with the erection of the elevated sections of the SCMagLev.

• The potential disruption of Anne Arundel aquifers.

• The potential release of toxins, carcinogens, and Radon gas into our communities collected in the SCMagLev tunneled sections through their surface ventilation facilities.

• Concerns of our schools’ structures, personal, and students on the impact of a high-speed oscillating magnetic field train running under them.

• Increased traffic with SCMagLev facilities and track maintenance equipment on I-95 and the BWI Parkway.

• One stop in Anne Arundel County, and no stops in Prince Georges County, virtually no benefit to the residents and businesses in our counties, yet we carry the burden of the destruction.

(2) SCMagLev Will Generate Insufficient Revenue Requiring Government Subsidies.

LSIA, as many others having followed the SCMagLev project for about two years, do not see how this system will generate the revenues needed to operate and maintain itself without the need for government subsidies. You all, as we, have received mixed signals for the SCMagLev leadership, one time saying all of the funds needed for maintenance and operation (M&O) will be generated by ridership, and another saying, any system like the one proposed requires a private and public support as in the use of tax dollars to provide financial support.

To date, no major public rail system in the world operates without government subsidy. Amtrak is actually one of the best, generating revenues which do cover the majority of its annual operation and maintenance (M&O) costs, and has shown improvement over the past decade, requiring a smaller percentage of M&O to be subsidized. If ridership is pulled from Amtrak by the SCMagLev, Amtrak revenues will drop requiring represents over 2,700 households and businesses, and has over 500 active household members. LSIA is opposed to the building of the SCMagLev and supports Senate Bill 200. There are four principal reasons LSIA is opposed to building the SCMagLev: (1) It does not serve Marylanders, yet destroys our communities and green spaces. (2) It will generate Insufficient revenue requiring Government subsidies. (3) It will follow previous world experiences with such systems; many of which have failed or are being maintained with large government subsidies. (4) The need for other far more higher value transportation infrastructure improvements outweigh wasting funds on building the SCMagLev. (1) SCMagLev Does Not Serve Marylanders, Yet Destroys Our Communities and Green Spaces. Others will talk at greater depth of the impact of building the underground and elevated sections of the proposed SCMagLev from Baltimore, to BWI on onto Washington, DC. SCMagLev project will result in the: • The destruction of swaths of homes, businesses, historic sights, and greenspaces through Prince Georges county with the erection of the elevated sections of the SCMagLev. • The potential disruption of Anne Arundel aquifers. • The potential release of toxins, carcinogens, and Radon gas into our communities collected in the SCMagLev tunneled sections through their surface ventilation facilities. • Concerns of our schools’ structures, personal, and students on the impact of a high-speed oscillating magnetic field train running under them. • Increased traffic with SCMagLev facilities and track maintenance equipment on I-95 and the BWI Parkway. • One stop in Anne Arundel County, and no stops in Prince Georges County, virtually no benefit to the residents and businesses in our counties, yet we carry the burden of the destruction. (2) SCMagLev Will Generate Insufficient Revenue Requiring Government Subsidies. LSIA, as many others having followed the SCMagLev project for about two years, do not see how this system will generate the revenues needed to operate and maintain itself without the need for government subsidies. You all, as we, have received mixed signals for the SCMagLev leadership, one time saying all of the funds needed for maintenance and operation (M&O) will be generated by ridership, and another saying, any system like the one proposed requires a private and public support as in the use of tax dollars to provide financial support. To date, no major public rail system in the world operates without government subsidy. Amtrak is actually one of the best, generating revenues which do cover the majority of its annual operation and maintenance (M&O) costs, and has shown improvement over the past decade, requiring a smaller percentage of M&O to be subsidized. If ridership is pulled from Amtrak by the SCMagLev, Amtrak revenues will drop requiring additional subsidies to maintain the Northeast corridor. In effect, taxpayers will be forced to subsidizing two competing systems. Such funds will enrich the private SCMagLev investors, negatively impact existing transportation systems, and pull funding from other needed more critical transportation infrastructure projects.

(3) SCMagLev Will Follow Previous World Experiences with Such Systems, Many of Which Have Failed or are Being Maintained with Large Government Subsidies.

I call your attention to a recent report by Ms. Carol Park, an analyst at the Center for Business and Economic Competitiveness at the Maryland Public Policy Institute titled: Lessons from Asia for the Northeast SCMagLev.

To quote Ms. Park - “SCMagLev enthusiasts have been pushing the project despite warnings of significant risks, just like the supporters of the bullet train did in Asia. For instance, the South Korean government built the Seoul-Incheon line despite consistent warnings of inadequate demand. The project was politically, rather than commercially, driven as Korean officials wanted to present a futuristic version of Korea to the international community as part of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.” The line was closed in 2018 after just four years of service because 77 percent of seats were unoccupied.

Germany’s experimented with building a MagLev train, and following several years of development and building, with large and growing annual government subsidies and the lack of ridership, the effort was abandoned.

For a current example of over promised and underperformance, look no further than California’s experience with high speed rail system, which has become a financial nightmare. Massive overruns, building delays, homes, businesses and private properties taken, and still no working system.

Ms. Park states: “Supporters of SCMagLev dismiss these concerns. They argue that the success of bullet trains in Japan demonstrate that these hurdles can be overcome. That’s exactly what officials in China, Taiwan and South Korea thought, only to discover that the situation in Japan is unique. Most of Japan’s 128 million inhabitants live in a few densely populated cities. Many of those residents are rich enough to afford expensive train tickets.”

Note, SCMagLev officials have repeated stated that the ticket prices will be similar to Amtrak/Acela.

“Compared to Japan, the situation is the polar opposite in Baltimore, where many of the residents who depend on public transit are low-income workers. If these residents are to commute between Baltimore and D.C., they would need an option that is affordable and easily accessible from their homes.” The SCMagLev is neither. Whereas, MARC provides that reliable and cost-effective transportation system: last year moving well over 8 million passengers into and out of DC.

(4) The Need for Other Far High Value Transportation Infrastructure Improvements Outweigh Wasting Funds on Building the SCMagLev.

Supporters of the SCMagLev state the existing 150-year-old system is out of date and employs obsolete technology. Well, I rode MARC and Amtrak into DC for nearly 30 years, and not once was I on a train that employed a wood fired steam engine. Amtrak and MARC employ modern equipment, running on an upgraded high-speed rail system. Both are purchasing and implementing new, proven, state-of-the-art equipment.

Amtrak has just completed a multi-year Environmental Impact Study (EIS), secured loans totaling $2.7 Billion, and are actively engaged in upgrading rail, equipment and stations all along the Northeast corridor. Note – Maryland’s own BWI Rail Station is currently being replaced with a larger, modern, new tech, and improved comfort building.

Instead of wasting money to build a transportation system that will not serve Marylanders, and take funds needed for transportation infrastructure, LSIA and many others believe it would be far better to invest those funds into Maryland transportation infrastructure.

For example - Look around this room. Everything you see – the structure, paint, electrical, electronics, furniture, the clothes and shoes we are all wearing, all were transported by commercial truck. Maryland commerce requires sound transportation infrastructure to operate efficiently. Such systems draw business to Maryland and improve the economic base of our State. How many Maryland bridges are rated C or lower, and are in need of repair or replacement? Such work would be a far better use of Maryland’s tax dollars than investing in and subsidizing an unnecessary high cost train for the well healed.

AND . . . We haven’t spoken to security concerns associated with having a 300 plus mile an hour train flying down an elevated section of track, or through a tunnel. What catastrophic results would occur if someone manages to get to the track and execute an attack. Who is going to maintain the security envelop, and how much resources will the State and Counties be required to provide? All costing additional tax dollars better used elsewhere.

In conclusion, I agree with the Center for Business and Economic Competitiveness at the Maryland Public Policy Institute report recommendation – “The Northeast Maglev project should be scrapped before it is too late. There are many transportation priorities that are worthier of attention.” Again, thank you for this opportunity to testify at this hearing. I have provided a printed copy of my testimony for your review and records, with a copy of the Center for Business and Economic Competitiveness at the Maryland Public Policy Institute’s report for your convenience.

Again, thank you for this opportunity to testify at this hearing.

LSIA Supports the Maryland General Assembly Senate Bill 200

LSIA Supports the Maryland General Assembly Senate Bill 200

Speaker: Suzzie Schuyler, President Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association (LSIA)

Hearing: Budget and Taxation and Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs West Miller Senate Building 11 Bladen Street - Room 3 Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Summary:

The Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association (LSIA) joins with Senators Pinsky and Peters to support this session’s Senate Bill.

Testimony:

Good afternoon. My name is Suzzie Schuyler, I’m the President of the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association (LSIA). I’ve lived in Linthicum more than 26 years. I’m authorized to speak for the LSIA.

LSIA represents over 2,700 households and businesses, and has over 500 active household members. LSIA mission is to continually work to improve our community and the quality of life found in our historic part of Anne Arundel County with roots dating back over 350 years.

Thank you for this hearing and for the opportunity to speak in support of Senate Bill 200.

The SCMagLev does not serve Marylanders.

If built, the SCMagLev will:

• Destroy of swaths of homes, businesses, historic sights, and greenspaces through Prince Georges county with the erection of the elevated sections of the SCMagLev.

• Potentially disrupt Anne Arundel aquifers.

• Potentially release toxins, carcinogens, and Radon gas into our communities.

• Expose our school structures, personal, and students to constant low-level vibration, and low-level oscillating magnetic fields as the train runs under them.

• Increase traffic with SCMagLev facilities and track maintenance equipment on I-95 and the BWI Parkway, and through our communities.

• Have one stop in Anne Arundel County, and no stops in Prince Georges County, resulting in virtually no benefit to the residents and businesses in our counties.

With 38 years in the Medical field for 38 years. I was licensed in and worked in or with Radiology, Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, CT, MRI, and PET/CT imaging and am knowledgeable about radiation in many forms knowing that any long-term exposure at any level will have lasting negative effects on the human body. Of this list of concerns presented earlier, I want to call out two items.

(1) If built, the SCMagLev will potentially release toxins, carcinogens, and Radon gas into our communities.

As described during the 10/16/2017 BWRR-MTA Open House by the Louis Berger professional engineer, the ventilation facilities primary purpose is to clear smoke in case there is a fire in the tunnel. Located every 3 to 4 miles apart along the underground tunneled route, the ventilation units will be forcing air into the tunnel on one side of the tunnel section with smoke, and the next ventilation facility will be exhausting air from the tunnel. In other words, one ventilation facility will be pressurizing the tunnel ahead of the section of the tunnel with smoke, and the alternate ventilation facility will be de-pressurizing the tunnel to exhaust the smoke to the atmosphere.

Here's our concern. The source of a fire will likely be electrical. Such a fire consumes electrical insulation and lubricants. These fuel sources when burned produce both toxic and carcinogen compounds, which according to the planned use of the ventilation system described, will exhaust these dangerous compounds into the atmosphere, exposing the surrounding communities to these unhealthy chemical compounds. Such carcinogen exposure released in the atmosphere can potentially create damaging respiratory effects possibly leading to life threatening scenarios for the residents living by the vents and inhaling these carcinogens. Our question - What is the short, mid and long-term health effect will this have on the affected community? If nothing else, it will have a negative effect on property values. After all, who wants to raise their family next to a facility that may poison them at any time?

As you all know, Anne Arundel and Price George Counties have naturally occurring Radon gas. Radon gas is a known carcinogen, which is why homes and other building are tested across both Anne Arundel County and Prince Georges County. Infiltrating from the ground, this colorless and odorless gas finds its way into building basements through cracks and seams between the basement walls and concrete floor.

During the discussion with the professional engineer from Louis Berger hired to design the SCMagLev build, we asked about water infiltration, drainage and pumped water removal, as the tunneling under Linthicum will likely intersect the aquifer. Also, the question of monitoring and venting naturally occurring gases leaking into the tunnel through the same openings with which ground water enters, as the tunnel will serve as a large collecting system for ground leaching gases as it transits Anne Arundel County 80 to 150 feet below the surface. When these ventilation facilities exhaust into the atmosphere, anyone near these facilities will also be exposed to any radon gas collected in the tunnel. As with all radioactive materials, depending on the intensity of the exposure and length of exposure time determines the severity of the side effects. With that said any low-level exposure whether to radiation over a long time period is sure to have negative effects on the human body that will result in health issues at some level. And like long term exposure to low level radiation, long term exposure to low levels of electromagnetism may also have cumulative health effects on the human body and needs to be evaluated. Our questions – What long-term cumulative health effect will radon gas and electromagnetic exposure have on the affected community as radioactive radon gas is vented into the atmosphere through the ventilation facilities? What is the long term health impact of exposure to low level oscillating electromagnetic fields as the SCMagLev transit passes under our homes, businesses, schools and their playgrounds?

(2) If built, the SCMagLev will expose our school structures, personal, and students to constant low-level vibration, and low-level oscillating magnetic fields as the train running under them.

As the train passes underground below our schools, homes and businesses, what affect will the resulting vibration have on the structures? As you know, masonry structures do not fare well with constant exposure to vibration. Now given, most of our homes and businesses are built upon concrete foundations and masonry walls, continuous exposure to even low-level vibrations will likely have a cumulative effect, to include cracking and then water penetration, negatively impacting the structural integrality of the building.

In summary, LSIA has provided a list of reasons why the SCMagLev should be stopped now before Maryland is leveraged into a position where it has no choice to but to make use of our needed tax dollars to directly or indirectly fund the SCMagLev building, operation, maintenance and security. Tax dollars better spent to replace, repair and enhance existing transportation infrastructure. LSIA has pointed out the potential of venting toxic, carcinogens and radioactive gas into our communities. LSIA has noted the serious concerns we have with the low-level exposure to radioactive gas and low-level electromagnetic fields and the cumulative health impact these would have on our residents.

And my concluding question – Are you willing to expose our children to find out what the health effects will be?

In conclusion, I support Senate Bill 200, as there are many transportation priorities that are worthier of attention and less likely to create a future property and health impact on our citizens.”

Again, thank you for this opportunity to testify at this hearing.

I have provided a printed copy of my testimony for your review and records.


Testimony in Support of Maryland Senate Bill 0200

Testimony in Support of Maryland Senate Bill 0200

Budget and Taxation Committee

February 6, 2019

Dear Chairman,

I am Brian Almquist from Greenbelt. I am speaking on behave of Greenbelt Advocates for Environmental and Social Justice, which was cofounded with Donna Almquist. Greenbelt Advocates is leading a grass-roots campaign to unite residents that oppose the MAGLEV project (“the Project”). We have mailed 317 hand-written letters to the MTA and to elected officials from people that oppose the Project.

We support Maryland Senate Bill 0200 which is co-sponsored by Maryland Senators Paul Pinsky and Doug Peters. The bill would prohibit the State from using any appropriation for a magnetic levitation (MAGLEV) transportation system located or to be located in the State.

The Project is bad for Maryland residents. We believe many residents are still unaware of the Project due to a lack of sufficient notification by the MTA.

The Project, which includes the high-speed trains and a completely new infrastructure to support their operation, has been proposed by Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail (BWRR) to provide 15-minute trip service between Baltimore and Washington D.C. with only one additional stop at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. The recently released Final Alternatives Report (“the Alternatives Report”) contains new details about the Project.

The new infrastructure is massive. SB 0200 protects State funds so they can be used to expand current infrastructures (AMTRAK, MARC) – which is a more efficient use of State funds.

According to the Alternatives Report, the Project will require construction of deep tunnels, above-ground viaducts as tall as 140 feet, four power substations, vent plants located above the underground sections of the final route, a 241 acre rolling stock depot, other maintenance and/or ancillary facilities, and ingress/egress roads. According to the Alternatives Report, two to six trains per hour would be needed for the Baltimore to Washington service.

The Project will have no meaningful impact on local vehicle traffic. SB 0200 protects State funds so they can be used to upgrade our current mass transit system – which will reduce congestion.

The Project will not reduce regional automobile traffic or reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. With stops only in Washington D.C., BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, and Baltimore City, it will not serve intra-regional traffic which makes up the majority of automobile trips in the region.

The Project does not support Maryland’s Renewable Energy Guidelines. SB 0200 will prevent the use of State funds on a Project that consumes large amounts of energy to transport a relatively small number of riders.

According to the Alternatives Report, the Project will draw power from the grid. As expected the train will use electricity from conventional power sources, which are the primary sources in Maryland and the rest of the United States. These conventional power sources include coal and natural gas, which do cause pollution. But even before the train begins to transport passengers, the extensive use of concrete and other materials to construct the infrastructure, the transportation of parts and materials in the supply chain, and the generation of electricity for interrelated processes will consume energy and produce pollution.

According to the Alternatives Report the train will consume 30% less energy than other high-speed MAGLEV trains, and 50% less than a commercial airliner. But, the Alternatives Report does not provide estimates of ridership, which are critical to make an accurate comparison of alternative modes of transportation.

SB 0200 will prevent State funds from being used to build a massive and unnecessary infrastructure; and protect Maryland’s natural environment for future generations.

According to the Alternatives Report the above-ground portion of the final route would cross or run on open and forested lands adjacent to the BWP and across wetland areas and other resource areas. Wildlife habitat, open space, and forests, which affect our quality of life, do not need to be sacrificed just to get somewhere a few minutes faster. According to the 2018 World Wildlife Fund Living Planet Report (“the Planet Report”) transportation is one of the common causes of habitat loss and degradation of natural areas. The Planet Report

identifies infrastructure projects as one of the most common pressures causing deforestation and forest degradation.

The Project is not economically feasible. SB 0200 will protect Maryland residents from a future bailout.

We contend the Project is not economically feasible due to low ridership and will end up being a tax burden on Maryland residents. The costs to ride the train will eliminate the average commuter or leisure traveler. The Alternatives Report mentions the Project expanding into Boston and New York City, which may be an early warning that BWRR does not expect the limited service between Washington D.C. and Baltimore City to attract a sufficient number of riders to cover the cost of the Project. There are better alternatives for Maryland.

The Project will be privately-owned and therefore not a form of public transportation and from a social perspective will not serve people from a range of socio-economic backgrounds and will not strive to address the mobility, accessibility, safety, and equity needs of the community.

We would like to see investments in mass transit systems that serve all travelers not just the elite traveler, and that use only existing infrastructure to avoid the destruction of precious wildlife habitat, open space, forested lands, and established communities. We contend the Project will leave a negative legacy for future generations of Maryland residents.

Brian Almquist

Greenbelt Advocates for Environmental and Social Justice

greenbeltadvocates.esj@gmail.com


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