Baltimore Business Journal » The Federal Railroad Administration narrowed its list of possible routes down to two for a high-speed magnetic levitating train that would travel between Baltimore and Washington in just 15 minutes. Both of the proposed routes for the 300-mile-per-hour train would run next to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
WBAL-TV » Construction on the fastest train in the world could begin in two years in Maryland. A House committee got a briefing Thursday on the status of the MAGLEV from state transportation officials and project managers. The MAGLEV train traveling at 311 mph will take passengers from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., in 15 minutes.
The Washington Post » Rust was found on the steel rail that fractured in a Red Line derailment near Farragut North last week, but the cracked rail that probably caused the crash would have been imperceptible to track walkers and ultrasonic inspection technology, Metro officials said Thursday. Agency investigators are awaiting the results of metallurgy testing by outside experts, which are expected next month and may give a clearer indication about what caused the eight-foot section of track to crack at the start of the morning rush on Jan. 15.
Washington’s Top News » The Maryland Transportation Authority has announced that it will be holding an industry forum this spring to provide information and bid requirements to interested design build teams for the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge replacement. MDTA said the goal of the presentation is to give area residents a summary of the project, the project schedule and what people can expect during construction as well as after the new bridge opens.
Washington’s Top News » Maryland is proposing the addition of $7.6 billion in toll lanes along the entire Maryland portion of the Capital Beltway and the length of Interstate 270 by 2025. In response, Virginia now plans to extend both of its existing 495 Express Lanes to the Legion Bridge to provide a continuous trip around the Beltway. The Virginia extension is estimated to cost about $500 million that could be split between the private toll operators and state funding.