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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential impacts of constructing and operating a high-speed superconducting magnetic levitation (SCMAGLEV) system between Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland with an intermediate stop at BWI Airport.  The EIS is being prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and other applicable regulations and procedures.

We welcome your input and encourage you to identify and discuss project-related issues throughout the planning process. Your comments can be submitted through the project This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or comment form.

Where Are We in The Process?

After reviewing the comments and questions received as part of our April and October 2017 Public Open House Meetings, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Project Team is currently evaluating preliminary alternatives.

Interactive Map

Please visit the interactive map to view potential alignments and resources within the study area.


October 2017 - Alternatives and Screening Meetings

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and MDOT are in the early stages of preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study the feasibility and potential impacts of a new high-speed rail system. The high-speed, superconducting magnetic levitation (SCMAGLEV) system is proposed by a private company, Baltimore Washington Rapid Rail (BWRR). The SCMAGLEV system would operate between Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland, with a stop at BWI Marshall Airport.

A series of Open Houses were held in October 2017 to provide opportunities for the public to review and comment on the:

  • Preliminary alternatives screening analysis results
  • Overview of alternatives recommended for detailed study
  • Technology and engineering features
  • Preliminary station information

Comments gathered are being reviewed and will be included in the upcoming report.