ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland officials have formally notified the Federal Transit Administration that the state is no longer seeking federal funding for a Baltimore light rail project.

In a letter to the FTA’s acting administrator, Maryland Transit Administrator Paul Comfort wrote last week that Maryland isn’t seeking the $900 million that comprised the federal component of the $3 billion project.

Comfort wrote that all state funding previously set aside to construct, operate and maintain the Red Line will be reallocated to other Maryland projects.

Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, announced in June that his administration would not go forward with the 14-mile rail plan, which his transportation secretary said was “fatally flawed.” Maryland Democrats at the local, state and federal levels have heavily criticized the governor for not moving ahead with it.

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