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A Look at the Community Efforts that Kept Pressure on Getting the Red Line Going Again

July 24, 2023

In mid-June, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore announced he was reviving plans for the Red Line, a proposed east-west transit line through Baltimore. That announcement was gratifying for Red Line boosters, who had spent eight years advocating for the project.

"It’s absolutely the right place and the right time,” said Jon M. Laria, chair of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Transportation and Mobility Committee and one of the leaders of the Baltimore Transit Future campaign. “The federal government is providing, really, an unprecedented opportunity for the infrastructure investment… It all sort of comes together…. You have a governor who is deeply committed to this. You have a community that desperately needs it and is ready to stand behind it. You have a federal government that is making resources available and is also itself favorably inclined to transit investments.”

Mr. Laria, a member of Ballard Spahr's Real Estate Department, served as the firm's Baltimore Office Managing Partner for over a decade.

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