On Monday, Feb. 12, several carpenters from Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters' Local 177 and others gathered at lawyer's mall in Annapolis Maryland in support of the Maglev high-speed train project. The demonstration was featured on ABC 2 News on Channel 13.
The proposed Maglev train project would reach speeds of up to 300 miles per hour and would be able to make the trip from Washington, D.C. to New York City in approximately 15 minutes. In addition to its efficiency, Maglev would also alleviate congestion, positively impact the economy, create jobs and greatly benefit commuters.
A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) has already been negotiated for the estimated $8 - $10 billion proposed project.
"We stand in solidarity with the Building Trades to ensure this project moves forward," said John Barber, NRCC Team Lead for Local 177. "The project will create a surge of safe and green jobs for our carpenters and greatly stimulate the local economy."
According to WMLAR Baltimore, proposed routes are now narrowed down to two. The east side route would run along Baltimore Washington Parkway and on federal land like the NSA, Fort Meade and NASA Greenbelt. The second, would run along the edge of B.W Parkway's right of way. Some tracks would be above ground, others in tunnels.
Maglev's high-speed trains and other similar transportation technologies are environmentally friendly and have a proven track record of safety.