Green Tracks Pilot Project Showcased

July 25, 2011Location: Sparks, Maryland

JMT received recognition in Landscape Architecture's July 2011 issue for the Green Tracks pilot project currently underway for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA).  Certain sedum and turfgrass plant species have been planted within and alongside MTA's existing central light rail line to test the species' durability.  If the pilot project proves successful, these plantings may be applied to enhance areas along the MTA's proposed Red Line, a 14-mile light rail transit line in Baltimore which is currently in the preliminary engineering phase.

JMT is leading a multi-disciplinary, multi-firm team in this unique application of green tracks for light rail transit purposes.  Thus far, the sustainability potential of the plantings appears to be favorable, according to Jon Conner, ASLA, LEED® AP, JMT Vice President and Lead Landscape Architect.  "Most of the pilot locations have seen plant establishment with minimal maintenance.  So far, we're feeling good about the potential for green tracks on the Red Line."

The pilot project will continue through 2012.

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