Yellow Line (Baltimore)

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Yellow Line
Type Bus rapid transit, light rail, or heavy rail
System Maryland Transit Administration
Status Proposed
Locale Baltimore, Maryland
Termini Columbia Town Center (South)
Hunt Valley, Maryland (North)
Operator(s) Maryland Transit Administration
Line length 42 mi (67.6 km)
Route map
Locally Preferred Alternative
Hunt Valley
Pepper Road
McCormick Road
Gilroy Road
Warren Road
(non-revenue turnaround point)
Timonium Business Park
Beltway North
Towson University / Medical Center
Rodgers Forge
Belvedere Square
East Cold Spring
Johns Hopkins University
25th Street
Mount Vernon
Charles Center
Inner Harbor
Camden Yards MARC Camden
Hamburg Street
Patapsco River
Middle Branch
Cherry Hill
Baltimore Highlands
Nursery Road
North Linthicum
BWI Business District
BWI Airport terminals
BWI Rail Station MARC Penn
Baltimore Commons
Arundel Mills
Dorsey MARC Camden
Columbia Gateway
Broken Land
Owen Brown
Columbia Town Center

The Yellow Line is a mass transit line proposed by the Baltimore Regional Rail Plan in March 2002 for the Baltimore, Maryland area. It would begin at Columbia Town Center in Columbia, Maryland, and end in Hunt Valley, Maryland at Shawan Road.[1]

Original vision[edit]

As originally envisioned by the plan, the Yellow Line would conjoin with the existing Baltimore Light Rail at the BWI Business District Station, and remain connected until Camden Yards, where the two lines would spur to create a loop around Downtown Baltimore. In this small loop, the lines would both contain the stations of: Inner Harbor, Charles Center, Mt. Vernon, and Pennsylvania Station. At Penn Station, the Yellow Line would again split towards the north going through the neighborhoods of Station North, Charles Village, Waverly, Govanstown, Belvedere Square, and Towson. The Yellow Line would again meet up with the existing light rail line at the Lutherville station. The lines would again conjoin until the northern terminus of Hunt Valley. Another station in the Yellow Line system was proposed for Texas, Maryland.[1][2]

Current status[edit]

The future for the Yellow Line proposal seems doubtful, as only two proposed rail lines were included in the "final" Baltimore Regional Rail System Plan: the Red Line and the Green Line.[3] In the current Baltimore Regional Transit Map, yellow designates a branch from the existing Baltimore Light Rail line to the Cromwell Station in Glen Burnie, Maryland. The branches to Owings Mills (north) and BWI Airport (south) are designated with the color blue.[4]

In summer 2013, a representative of the privately funded TU Foundation expressed interest at a public meeting in the idea of a suggested partnership between the foundation and local companies to build a short piece of the line near Towson University. That small line, designated as the "Towson Trolley" was informally presented as only covering Towson-area destinations (including St. Joseph's Hospital, Towson University, downtown Towson and Lutherville Station, where it was pitched as terminating). Despite being presented as a short-line trolley, the plan as presented emphasized track compatibility in order to allow future expansion. However, as of 2014, no public-record mention of the plan appears to have occurred for more than a year.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Baltimore Region Rail System Plan. Advisory Committee Report, March 2002.
  2. ^ Yohah Freemark (September 7, 2009). "Baltimore to advance Yellow Line project ahead of Metro extension?". The Transport Politic. Retrieved 2010-08-25
  3. ^ Baltimore Regional Rail System Plan: Final Report. MTA Maryland. Retrieved 2010-08-26
  4. ^ Baltimore Regional Transit Map. MTA Maryland. Retrieved 2010-08-26

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