In case you’ve spent the past couple of days living in a cave (or more likely, not paying attention to local transit news) there is trouble brewing on the horizon (by horizon I clearly mean this week) over at MDT. I know we haven’t touched up on MDT in a while, but we’re long overdue for some updates.

Last week, the FTA dealt a serious blow to the next major phase of metrorail expansion, the north corridor, by downgrading the once favorable rating of the project. The new Medium-low status doesn’t quite kill the project yet, but it places some serious funding hurdles in the way, which, if overcome, will set the project back by 6 months to a year (in MDT terms: we’re realistically looking at a 2+ year delay if funding is eventually secured.) Not all hope is lost yet on the nearly 10 mile long corridor; the FTA is choosing to downgrade the status of the project because of the “county’s long-range financial forecasting” rather than ridership projections or cost benefits of the corridor itself. The FTA seems to be in favor of the project but is rather questioning the ability and leadership of MDT.

8 Responses to The MDT North Corridor Saga Continues, Part 1

  1. Anonymous says:

    Something similar seems to have happened with the Dulles rail extension in Washington. In that case, too, the FTA has expressed concern about the management and maintenance of the entire system.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    What’s going on with MDT? I haven’t read much about the new director, or the direction he/she plans to lead it.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Why don’t build light rail instead of heavy like in Seattle, Denver and Vancouver to save some dough. Also, I don’t know the details of future stadium funding, but perhps they could divert money from the baseball stadium to a new light rail line.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Building Light rail wouldn’t likely save any dough, wouldn’t move as many people, or move them as fast
    as heavy rail……

    Light rail can work in many situations, but it’s never a substitute for heavy rail when heavy rail is what you need…..

    And for a 10 mile corridor, where interface is needed with an existing system, light rail would be a band-aid, 20 percent solution….

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Blame the oil companies and George Bush! We need metrorail expansions in Miami!

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  6. Anonymous says:

    You can blame bush for a lot of things, but this seems like a problem locally with MD transit being slow and unable to put together a real program to get this project done. It’s a shame that we can’t get this simple project done. How many studies have been done, how long should it actually take to get done?

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  7. Anonymous says:

    The sky train in vancouver runs for a pretty long distance all the way to surrey. i’m pretty sure it’s longer than 10 miles but i’m too lazy to look it up right now. it’s on an elevated platform like heavy rail, but it costs less than heavy rail. And in denver, the light rail line travels just as quickly as the miami metrorail. I think it’s capable of traveling up to 60mph. It covers long distances from downtown denver to littleton. If miami plans to build a light rail system at grade in the future, maybe it could ditch the antiquated and very noisy heavy rail system and start investing in light rail which is cheaper and more versatile.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    I cant believe this! i bet if we were in nyc the line would be up and running by next year. WE need to just expand miami dade , broward and palm beach together and stop beating around the bush. with this.

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