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For Immediate Release:

FRA, MDOT, AMTRAK AND BALTIMORE CITY CONTINUE PUBLIC OUTREACH ON
BALTIMORE AND POTOMAC TUNNEL STUDY

Partners Host Three Community Meetings in July

July 6, 2015

Continuing their extensive public outreach and education efforts, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Amtrak and theBaltimore City Department of Transportation will host a series of community meetings in July on the engineering and environmental study to examine various improvements to the Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) Tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland.  Baltimore City residents are encouraged to attend these meetings to learn more about the four alternatives under consideration and the benefits and impacts of each alternative.  All meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a formal presentation starting at 6:30 p.m.  The same information will be shared at each meeting.


WHEN/WHERE:

July 7, 2015
Perkins Square
Baptist Church
2500 Edmondson Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21223                       

July 14, 2015
Mount Lebanon
Baptist Church
2812 Reisterstown Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21215

July 16, 2015
Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School
121 McMechen St.
Baltimore, MD 21217

WHY:            

Extensive public outreach, education and input are key to the study and will help project team members identify and address community needs and concerns.

ABOUT:

The two-track tunnel, which opened in 1873, is located between the West Baltimore MARC Station and Baltimore Penn Station and is used by Amtrak, Maryland’s MARC Commuter Rail trains and Norfolk Southern Railway freight trains.  The existing track geometry and outdated tunnel design significantly impedes rail movement along the busy Northeast Corridor (NEC), creating a low-speed bottleneck impacting approximately 85 Amtrak trains, 57 MARC commuter trains and one to two freight trains each day.  The $60 million federally funded study is in a new phase with four potential alternatives moving forward, including two alternatives that involve constructing a new tunnel on a new alignment.

The study, which will be complete in mid 2017, will include development and evaluation of various alternatives based on the need to enhance rail safety and to improve capacity, reliability and travel time for commuter, freight and intercity passenger rail service on the NEC.

Interested parties are encouraged to comment online at the B&P Tunnel Project’s website, via email at info@BPTunnel.com or in person at any of the upcoming meetings.  Citizens who need special accommodations for the meetings may call Baltimore City Department of Transportation at 410-396-6856.

Media Contacts:
FRA - Mike England, 202-493-6444
MDOT - Erin Henson & Chuck Brown, 410-865-1028
Amtrak - Christina Leeds, 202-906-3059
Baltimore City - Adrienne Barnes, 410-361-9296

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