Laurel mayor asks Gov. Hogan to scrap high-speed Maglev rail project

Laurel mayor asks Gov. Hogan to scrap high-speed Maglev rail project

LAUREL, Md. (WBFF) - The mayor of Laurel is the latest to officially join the chorus of opposition to the high-speed Maglev rail project.

Mayor Craig Moe wrote to Gov. Larry Hogan that "the project will not adequately serve the current and projected future needs of the residents of Laurel and surrounding communities."

By cutting through Prince George's County, the train would be "taking people's homes and land while seriously damaging our environment but providing no benefit to the greater Laurel area or Prince George's County," wrote Moe, adding that "the exorbitant costs" of building it would be better spent on reviewing existing area transportation.

Hogan has promoted Maglev since a trip to Japan two years ago, when he took a high-speed train and said such a concept would be a huge boon for the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area.

The train is expected to offer a 15-minute ride between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and a one-hour ride from D.C. to New York City.

In his letter, Moe said he is not opposed to "improved transportation options" but said the state should focus on studying and funding items like improving bus lines, expanding Amtrak and MARC service and providing "shuttle services for business corridors."

Other officials and residents, including the Anne Arundel County school board, expressed concern or outright opposition to the project. Community meetings on Maglev in Anne Arundel County drew widespread criticism from local residents.

"During my travels in and around Laurel, I have repeatedly heard that this is a train to nowhere," said Moe in his lettter. "I share that thought and believe that taxpayers need better infrastructure and upgraded services, and not the commitment of funds for another system that serves no one in the greater Laurel area."

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