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Baltimore-Washington Superconducting Maglev Project

Project Information
Sector: Surface Transportation
Project Category: 
DOT Projects
Project Status: 
In Progress
Description: 

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq., the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), as lead federal agency, and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the project sponsor, are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed superconducting maglev system between Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC (the Project). The effort stems from the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, in which Congress authorized funding to study maglev transportation projects.

FRA and MDOT developed screening criteria to examine potential alternatives for further study. In January 2018, FRA and MDOT published the Preliminary Alternatives Screening Report (PASR), incorporating engineering and environmental screening criteria, submitted comments, and public feedback received from a series of public meetings in October 2017. FRA will advance alternatives for further design that will be included in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The Project’s website (linked below) contains an updated project schedule.

In addition, pertinent information can be found at the project's FRA webpage, https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P1068.

Permitting Timeline

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Federal Railroad Administration
In Progress
Milestones:
Issuance of Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
Complete 11/25/2016
Scoping 
Complete 01/31/2017
Official Notice of Availability of a Draft EIS published in the Federal Register (FR) beginning both the public comment period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review
Current Target Date: 09/30/2019
Official Notice of Availability of a Final EIS published in the FR beginning both the public review period and concurrent CAA Section 309 Review 
Current Target Date: 03/01/2020
Issuance of Record of Decision or combined Final EIS / Record of Decision 
Current Target Date: 03/01/2020
Section 106 Review
Federal Railroad Administration
In Progress
Milestones:
Consultation initiated with SHPO/THPO
Complete 08/30/2016
Section 106 consultation concluded
Current Target Date: 10/16/2019
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