Now you're aware that Edmondson Avenue is a very busy thoroughfare when passing through Edmondson Village and Uplands up to the MARC Station. Surely I'm not suggesting that the MTA is suggesting that the Red Line be rammed down Edmondson Avenue? I am, that's their plan. If you want to know the results of doing so just ride the Light Rail down Howard St. It's time the MTA stopped clinging its purse strings and actually put up the money to tunnel this portion.
The Red Line is supposed to have a stop along here. Rail Transit was Master Planned into this "Freeway" and that's what the Red Line will use. Now the Red Line and to some extent, the redevelopment of the West Baltimore MARC Station can and should be used as a catalyst to redevelop the corridor.Since the Road to Nowhere is below grade and along side the construction of the Red Line should be a development plan to guide traffic back to Franklin and Mulberry Sts. The Highway as we know it will cease to exist and new multi level development mixed use development and using the old highway as a combination of a local and open space. With that, new development can flourish throughout the devastated Neighborhoods that make up West Baltimore.
It continues along MLK Boulevard until Lombard St. where it travels tunneled along the vast expanse of behemoth Parking Garages one block north of the Inner Harbor. Its stops along here are very random and do not connect very well with all that Downtown has to offer. What's needed is a complete reworking of the Downtown Route of the Red Line. First will be a southeast "stair case" that will end at Pratt St.
This will allow for a Lexington Market Transfer Station to both existing lines, a UMB/Downtown Westside Stop, a Camden Yards/Convention Center Stop and a limited operation 1st Mariner Arena Stop used only during events. Once on Pratt St. (the City's show case), the Red Line will be surface level (it will only be service level aong Pratt St., all else will be tunneled) to "show case" Baltimore's World Class Transit Network with an Inner Harbor Stop. I know you couldn't read that last sentence without laughing sarcastically but a Man can dream right?
Although this area is relatively dense, an Eastern Avenue alignment would be denser and therefore would attract higher ridership. Now, we go down to Boston St. where development is sparse despite the Canton Crossing Development. Also this area would be better benefited from an Eastern Avenue Alignment. With the Red Line going along Eastern Avenue the above grade need to get to Bayview and the proposed East Baltimore MARC Station will be eliminated.
From there it will travel down to O'Donnell Heights which is undergoing redevelopment, Fort Holabird, Dundalk, Turners Statiion, and Sparrows Point.