Report: High-Speed Train Between DC, Baltimore Down to Two Routes

The proposed path for a high-speed levitating train between Baltimore and Washington has been narrowed down to two choices, according to a report by the Baltimore Business Journal.

Both of the routes for the train would run next to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and includes two tunnels, the report said. The Federal Railroad Administration would have final say on which path the 300 mph train would travel.

The BBJ said one route would have a tunnel under Washington until after the Capital Beltway. It would follow the BW Parkway on the east side, passing through the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Patuxent Research Refuge, and Fort Meade. The train would return underground near the Baltimore-Washington John Marshall International Airport and stay underground until it reached Baltimore.

The other route, according to the report, would begin the same way in Washington but would travel on the west side of the BW Parkway. The train would go through the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and then east into a tunnel to BWI Airport and continue underground to Baltimore.

The tunnel in Washington would go under Anacostia Park and avoid the National Arboretum, according to the report. The train could potentially run from Port Covington in Baltimore to the NoMa Gallaudet or Mount Vernon Square in Washington.

The BBJ said the total cost of the project is expected to exceed $10 billion. Travel between the two cities could take only 15 minutes with the new high speed train.

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