Maryland Coalition for Responsible Trans

Our name is Maryland Coalition for Responsible Transit (MCRT). We evaluate transit projects for social equity, environmental justice, economic viability, and community accessibility.  We believe that the Baltimore Washington (BW) SCMaglev must be stopped in order to implement future transit projects that meet our criteria of a much lower price and much less risk and impact to communities.  Thus, we support the no-build option and are working to stop this project through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, specifically by building public capacity to respond to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

We can be reached at mcrtaction@gmail.com

Greetings, everyone, including all candidates running for office in 2022 and your staff!
 

We are the Maryland Coalition for Responsible Transit (MCRT). Our mission is to evaluate transit projects for social equity, environmental justice, economic viability, environmental impact, and community accessibility. We have closely followed the proposed Baltimore-Washington Superconducting Magnetic Levitation (SCMaglev) transportation project for several years. We wrote many white papers and an extensive set of comments in response to the project’s 2021 Draft Environmental Impact Statement.  All of these can be found here on this website under the SCMaglev Opposition Tab (at the top right of this page).  We have worked with government agencies, other organizations, elected officials, and communities to fully understand and address the extensive impacts this project would have in Maryland.


MCRT offers background and detailed resources on this proposed high-speed train that would run from Mount Vernon Square in Washington, D.C., both tunneling under and emerging above ground along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties, to Cherry Hill, near Baltimore. Residents will be impacted by this project and candidates may be questioned by constituents about their positions on this approximately $16 billion transportation proposal.
 

We have compiled extensive information on the SCMaglev project, available on this website (www.mcrt-action.org). These resources will be helpful for anyone interested in background on this project, including Elected officials, candidates, and their staff. For questions about our research or to arrange an in-depth briefing or discussion, please send a request to mcrtaction@gmail.com.


Also note, Information flyers in English and Spanish are available at links on this website.  You can find links to printable PDF's below.

- Voters -

Want to know your elected official or candidate position on the SCMaglev - Attend rallies and candidate nights then ask them.  Click here to see some questions you can ask and find out where the candidate and elected official stands.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Are you a Maryland resident alarmed by SCMaglev's hyped promises, unproven technology, and destruction of our communities and environment?

We are eager to share what we have learned and expand our alliances with neighborhood associations, nature advocacy groups, and other organizations. If you are in a position to write on behalf of your organization, please visit our Affiliate Intake Form.

News

September 21, 2022 - Westport Community Pushes Back Over South Baltimore 7 Maglev Endorsement

Click here to read Melody Simmons' article in the Baltimore Business Journal.  (Note: A subscription is required to read the article)

September 20, 2022 - MCRT Joins Baltimore Westport Associations In Setting the Record Straight

In its September 8th press release, the South Baltimore 7 Coalition (SB7) falsely claimed to represent all its members as endorsing the SCMaglev train project. This inaccurate and misleading report emanated from the convening of a special board meeting by the SB7 chair to pressure community leaders to vote in favor of a letter supporting this transportation project. The vote was not unanimous, as only three members voted in favor, two voted no, and one abstained.
 
The Northeast Maglev (TNEM) announced SB7's claim in its September 15th e-mail marketing newsletter, thanking the SB7 communities for “throwing their collective weight behind the Northeast Maglev project,” further spreading misleading information. To read the TNEM newsletter announcement click here.
 
The Westport Neighborhood Association (WNA) and Westport Community Economic Development Corporation (Westport CEDC) are setting the record straight regarding the SB7. The MCRT joins the WNA and Westport CEDC in challenging the continued deceptive and unsupported claims made by Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail to promote building the SCMaglev. To read the September 20th MCRT press release click here.

September 14, 2022 - MCRT Report Released - SCMaglev Proposed Use of Konterra Property

MCRT experts have prepared this report to ". . . provide the “Konterra” references contained within the SCMaglev DEIS documents and supplement each of the extracted sections in order to provide context and additional information for each topic. Some commentary is provided in this document to explain our interpretation of the references."  For a copy of this report, click here.

August 21, 2022 - MARYLAND 2022 ELECTIONS - Candidate Questions

The General Election season is upon us.  Many candidates will be coming out to our communities to meet and greet the voters.  You have the chance to find out where they stand on building and operating the SCMaglev.   The Maryland Coalition for Responsible Transit (MCRT) has prepared a list of questions you can ask the candidate(s).  For a printable version of the questions click here.

 

August 15, 2022 - FRA Responses to MCRT's FOIA Appeal

To read the FRA's response click here.
 

August 11, 2022 – MCRT Meets with Chairman Barve.
In our continuing efforts to meet with our elected leaders to discuss SCMaglev’s negative impacts on communities and the environment, and highlight BWRR’s unsubstantiated claims, MCRT leadership met with Delegate Kumar Barve (D-17), Chair of the Environment and Transportation Committee. The Environment and Transportation Committee is one of the key committees any legislation to limit the use of Maryland taxpayer funds to build and operate the SCMaglev must pass through. We look forward to working with the Chairman and our legislative allies to craft and successfully pass such legislation this coming year. Our thanks to Chairman Barve for meeting and sharing his perspectives with MCRT.
 

June 8, 2022 - MCRT's new SCMaglev Info handouts have arrived.

 

For the English version - click here.

 

For the Spanish version - click here.

 

February 10, 2022 - MCRT's 2022 Annual Meeting.  To see the presentation slides, click here.  To see the composite video of Senator Pam Beidle, Senator Augustine, Mayor Takisha James, and Delegates Jolene Ivey, Nicole Williams, and Tom Dernoga speaking in support of MCRT and in opposition to building the SCMagelv, click here.

 

February 7, 2022 - MCRT presents "SCMaglev is Not the Answer" to the GFWC Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights.
To see the presentation slides, click here.

January 26, 2022 - MCRT meets with the Nashinoki Peace Academy and Friends of the Earth Japan to discuss and share information on growing opposition to building the SCMaglev.  To see the video MCRT prepared for this meeting, click here.  To see the presentation slides, click here.

 

Presentations

MCRT has prepared and made a series of presentations on the negative impacts of building and operating the SCMaglev would bring to Maryland, and raise challenges to the promises and marketing message promotors of the SCMaglev have stated.  Here are a small sampling of these presentations. (click on the title to open)