Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and his wife Yumi sit on board the magnetic-levitation (maglev) train in Yamanashi, Japan. (Ko Sasaki/Ko Sasaki for The Washington Post)

Regarding the Feb. 12 Metro article “Options for high-speed train route down to 2”:

The Hogan administration in Annapolis is enthusiastic about a maglev train between Baltimore and Washington, and the Federal Railroad Administration is supporting it. While infrastructure in Maryland disintegrates, the state wants to back a rail system that exists in two places in Japan and apparently has been rejected by European countries. Presumably it will be funded by private entities and the Japanese government. What taxpayers will ultimately have to pay is unknown. Seventy-five percent of the line in Maryland is to be underground at a huge cost, if a right of way can even be found. Finding land north of Baltimore to extend the line may be even harder to find.

Who will benefit from such a line? Few people or businesses along the way will benefit because it will have only three stations. By the time the train reaches top speed from Washington, it will have to stop at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, then get up to speed again before it stops in Baltimore. Riding it will feel like a longitudinal yo-yo. And all this is an effort by powerful people who hate railroads and want to divert attention and money from supporting Amtrak and other transit needs in Maryland and throughout the country. 

The maglev idea should be put to sleep.

John Fay, Wheaton