Feds ‘Administratively Close’ Racial Discrimination Investigation into Hogan’s Nixing of Red Line

7/16/17

Gov. Larry Hogan is off the hook in a federal civil rights probe into his decision to veto the nearly $3 billion Red Line rail project for Baltimore in June 2015.

The director of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s civil rights office sent a letter to state officials yesterday declaring the investigation into the governor’s decision dead, according to The Washington Post.

The letter said that DOT would “administratively close the complaint without finding” because that is “the appropriate course of action.” The department didn’t explain why.

This all began when the governor decided five months after taking office that the long-planned 14-mile light rail line that would have connected East and West Baltimore from Bayview to Woodlawn was a waste of taxpayer money. He instead proposed revamping the city’s bus system, a controversial plan that was realized last month with the rollout of BaltimoreLink.

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