We are the Maryland Coalition for Responsible Transit (MCRT).
The Maryland Coalition for Responsible Transit is organized for the purpose of educating and
encouraging public participation in the development and evaluation of current transportation
proposals to ensure that transit projects are economically viable, minimize negative social and
environmental impacts, and are accessible to communities.
We believe the proposed Northeast Maglev/Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail's
SCMaglev (superconducting magnetic levitation) train project must be stopped to implement more
acceptable future transit projects that meet our criteria of a much lower price tag and much less risk
and impact on communities. Thus, we support the "No Build" option. We are working to stop this
project through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, specifically by building
public capacity to respond to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
Shortly after MCRT's formation, nonprofit representatives began attending weekly meetings with other
SCMaglev opposition groups in strategy sessions. We have since recruited other board members from
this group. Our current board and affiliated activists represent a broad segment of neighborhoods along
the proposed routes from Bladensburg - Port Towns/Woodlawn/ Beacon Heights/New
Carrollton/Lanham/Greenbelt in Prince George's County to Linthicum-Shipley in Anne Arundel
Most of our board members are long-term activists who have accumulated an impressive body of in-
depth knowledge about the SCMaglev project and opposition efforts. We continue to recruit members
and build this organization. As one of our first actions, we have launched a survey
asking individuals to identify their major concerns related to the SCMaglev train project.
We are currently focused on the public release of the SCMaglev project's DEIS and preparing for the
commenting period. We are conducting a letter-writing campaign asking our federal representatives to
request an extension to the DEIS commenting period from 45 to 180 days. We hope to support the
DEIS commenting process by researching insufficient and technical-scientific project claims,
convening workshops on how to write effective NEPA responses, and holding informative town hall
meetings over Zoom. Based on how much funding we can raise, we will take actions, including
producing informational resources for distribution, to support opposition efforts being undertaken by
individuals, homeowners, renters, businesses, and municipalities along the proposed routes.
For questions, we can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support!