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Groundbreaking set for Baltimore tunnel project

By | November 29, 2021

Increased clearance in Howard Street Tunnel will allow double-stack trains to serve Port of Baltimore

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CSX logoBALTIMORE —CSX CEO Jim Foote and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan head the list of those those scheduled to take part today (Monday, Nov. 29)  in a groundbreaking ceremony for the start of work on the long-sought Howard Street Tunnel project in Baltimore.

The 1 p.m. ceremony will be at the former Mount Royal Station at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Federal Railroad Administrator Amit Bose and officials from the Maryland Department of Transportation will also take part.

The project to increase clearance in the 1.4-mile long tunnel, along with 22 other clearance projects between Baltimore and Philadelphia, will allow double-stack container trains to service the port of Baltimore.

The project received environmental approval earlier this year [see “Howard Street Tunnel project receives final environmental clearance,” Trains News Wire, June 24, 2021], the final step a long-running, off-again, on-again effort that saw CSX walk away from negotiations under then-CEO Hunter Harrison, only to reach an agreement under Foote. The project will cost an estimated $466 million, with Maryland, Pennsylvania, the federal government, and CSX contributing.

5 thoughts on “Groundbreaking set for Baltimore tunnel project

  1. We don’t need a clearance project right now. All the containers are on harbored ships or sitting on docks.
    But people will still enjoy crawling through Baltimore on NEC.

    1. You know what, I bet it it would. But why would it run on CSX? It can’t fit under the catenary on AMTK’s own tracks. Is that your idea?

  2. So how many doublestacks CSX and the Port get out of Baltimore already if they would have self financed in the first place? Believe CSX contributes the least amount or at least less then Feds

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