Local leaders pushing for 300 mph train to come to Baltimore

High-speed train could be incentive for Amazon HQ2

BALTIMORE (WMAR) - Imagine traveling from Washington D.C. to downtown Baltimore in only 15 minutes.

This dream can become a reality as leaders continue to push to bring high-speed transportation to Maryland. 

The Northeast Maglev train is expected to travel 300 miles an hour from D.C. to New York, with a stop in Baltimore.

According to the Business Journal, the project is a high-speed magnetic levitating train and the company says it can become 'the world's fastest train'. 

Transportation officials discussed the project at a meeting on Wednesday, saying that in addition to traveling from D.C. to Baltimore in just 15 minutes, you would be able to get from BWI Airport to downtown Baltimore in just five.

In addition to faster travel, the advantages from bringing this high-speed rail to the area are starting to grow.

Leaders believe this could bring more jobs to the area and it could also help lure Amazon to pick Baltimore for its second headquarters. Amazon's HQ2 could potentially bring 50,000 jobs. 

The Business Journal says the final route has not been determined, but the CEO of Northeast Maglev, Wayne Rogers, says they are talking with officials as they are preparing to pitch Port Covington as the site of Amazon's second headquarters. 

Preliminary drawings show Port Covington as one of three potential sites for a station in Baltimore. The others would be at the Inner Harbor and Westport-Cherry Hill, according to the Business Journal. 

The high-speed rail project can cost anywhere from 10-billion dollars to 12-billion dollars. So far, it has raised 65-million dollars and is expected to be funded with federal and private money.

If you want to have your voice heard on the project there will be five public meetings on the proposal. The first one is set for this Saturday at Bowie State University at 10:00 in the morning. 

The other meetings will be next Monday at 5:00 p.m. at Arundel High School; Oct. 18 at 5:00 p.m. at Catholic University in Washington; Oct. 24 at 5:00 p.m. at Laurel High School; and Oct. 25 at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore.

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