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For Immediate Release:

FRA, MDOT, AMTRAK AND BALTIMORE CITY TO HOST A SERIES OF PUBLIC MEETINGS ON
THE BALTIMORE AND POTOMAC TUNNEL STUDY

March 16, 2015

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Maryland Department of Transportation(MDOT), Amtrak and the Baltimore City Department of Transportation will host a series of public outreach meetings this spring 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 project.  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:

April 13, 2015
Gilmor Elementary
1311 North Gilmor Street
Baltimore, MD 21217

April 14, 2015
Mt. Royal Elementary
121 McMechen Street
Baltimore, MD 21217

April 20, 2015
Westside Elementary
2235 North Fulton Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217

April 21, 2015
Lockerman Bundy Elem.
301 North Pulaski Street
Baltimore, MD 21223

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  The existing track geometry and outdated tunnel design significantly impedes rail movement along the busy Northeast Corridor (NEC), creating a low-speed bottleneck impacting approximately 85 Amtrak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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