Baltimore Red Line

Baltimore, MD

Wallace Montgomery, as part of the Red Line Program Management Consultant Team, is serving in several project capacities including providing the lead role in coordination of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) effort for this $2.5 Billion project currently in the Preliminary Engineer phase. When completed, this project will provide the first East/West Public Transit link for the City of Baltimore. The Red Line is a 14.1-mile, new light rail line connecting the areas of Woodlawn, Edmondson Village, West Baltimore, downtown Baltimore, Inner Harbor East, Fells Point, Canton and the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Campus. The Red Line will provide enhanced mobility and connecting service to Baltimore’s existing transit systems – MARC commuter service, metro, light rail and local and commuter bus routes. The project includes street running segments, aerial segments, and two distinct tunnel sections. Included will be the design and construction of five underground stations served by twin bore tunnel excavations.  Also within the project are five buildings, where highly sensitive noise and vibration equipment are operational.

In October 2011, the Baltimore Red Line was selected by the Obama Administration as one of 14 Infrastructure projects to be expedited through the permitting and environmental review process. WM has served a key role in the FTA and other Federal, State and local agency coordination to meet the expedited review schedule developed for the project.

NEPA activities include the preparation of various technical documents and coordination in support of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) for the project. Technical analyses and activities include, but are not limited to Environmental Justice, Natural Resources (i.e., wetlands, waters of US, floodplains, forest stands), Cultural Resources, Air and Noise, Construction Impacts, Right-of-way, Travel Forecasting, Bus Operations and Public Involvement. One of the final tasks during preliminary engineering will be the development of the environmental commitments and mitigation identified during the NEPA process.

Listed below is the project time milestone timeline for the project:

  • Begin Preliminary Engineering: June 2011
  • FTA Signature of Final Environmental Impact Statement: December 2012
  • FTA Issuance, Record of Decision: February 2013
  • Begin Final Design: 2013-2015
  • Federal Funding Commitment: 2015
  • Construction: 2015-2021
  • Operation: 2021

Noise and Vibration activities include overseeing the noise and vibration team for the preparation of various technical documents and coordination in support of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) for the project.  Technical analyses and activities include noise and vibration testing, impact analysis, and mitigation recommendations.