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O'Malley Includes About $90 Million For Light Rail

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Two planned light rail lines in Maryland could get an infusion of nearly $90 million under a spending plan by the O'Malley administration.

The six-year draft spending plan unveiled Monday would include $41.5 million for the red line in Baltimore that would run from Woodlawn to Bayview. It also includes $48 million on the 16-mile purple line in the Washington suburbs that would run from New Carrollton to Bethesda.

Transportation officials say the state funding is expected to draw federal matching funds of more than $225 million.

The proposed light rail funding from Gov. Martin O'Malley could figure into the November elections. Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich has said he would cancel plans for the two light rail lines. Ehrlich says money should be spent on fixing other transportation problems.