Kathleen Kennedy Townsend on Energy & Oil

Former Democratic Challenger MD Governor

Build Maglev train; technology of the future

Acknowledging complaints about the proposed path and the process used to promote the high-speed maglev train, Townsend criticized handling of the proposal by state transportation officials, but did not abandon her support for the $3.5 billion project. "I think it's important to get community input. Clearly, I think [residents of Anne Arundel and Howard counties] have not been consulted," she said. But Townsend said "it's too early to tell" if opposition to the routes between Baltimore and Washington - or mistakes in presenting the project - are serious enough to kill it. "It may be the technology of the future," she said.

Opponents say the project, for which Baltimore-Washington is competing with Pittsburgh, would monopolize local transportation funding for a 240-mph train that would offer very little service to local commuters, while disrupting life along its route.

Source: Larry Carson, Baltimore Sun May 15, 2002

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