Baltimore-Washington Superconducting Maglev Project

Environmental Impact Statement:

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq., the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), as lead federal agency, and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the project sponsor, are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed superconducting maglev system between Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC (the Project). The effort stems from the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, in which Congress authorized funding to study maglev transportation projects.

Next Steps

FRA and MDOT developed screening criteria to examine potential alternatives for further study. In January 2018, FRA and MDOT published the Preliminary Alternatives Screening Report (PASR), incorporating engineering and environmental screening criteria, submitted comments, and public feedback received from a series of public meetings in October 2017. FRA will advance alternatives for further design that will be included in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The Project’s website (linked below) contains an updated project schedule.


FRA encourages and anticipates public participation throughout the development and evaluation of the Project. Stakeholders can find information about open houses, community meetings, elected official briefings, public hearings, an updated project schedule, and a mechanism for feedback on the Project's website (  

FRA Point of Contact

If you have additional questions related to the Project, please email Brandon Bratcher, FRA Environmental Protection Specialist, at, or send your comments to:

Brandon Bratcher
Federal Railroad Administration
RPD-13: Environment and Corridor Planning Division
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
West Building, Mail Stop 20
Washington, DC 20590

Permitting Dashboard

The U.S. Permitting Dashboard is an online tool for Federal agencies, project sponsors, and interested members of the public to track the Federal government’s environmental review and authorization processes for large or complex infrastructure projects. The Dashboard is part of a government-wide effort to improve coordination, transparency, and accountability. A link to this project’s page on the Dashboard is below.

Permitting Dashboard Link