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For Immediate Release:

FRA, MDOT, AMTRAK AND BALTIMORE CITY
TO PROVIDE UPDATE ON
BALTIMORE AND POTOMAC TUNNEL STUDY

Open Houses Provide Opportunity for Public Input

October 5, 2015

Continuing their efforts to keep the public informed about the progress of the Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) Tunnel Project, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Amtrak and the Baltimore City Department of Transportation will host another series of community outreach meetings in October.  The public can stop by anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  All meetings will be in an open house format, with a formal presentation starting at 6:30 p.m. each night.  The same information will be shared at each meeting. 

The B&P Tunnel Project is a federally-funded engineering and environmental study examining needed improvements to the 142-year-old tunnel.  The two-track tunnel is located between the West Baltimore MARC Station and Penn Station along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) in Baltimore, Maryland.  The project team will release the Alternatives Report that illustrates the remaining alternatives that will be carried forward for further analysis in the environmental review process.  The open houses will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the project alternatives and to provide feedback.

WHEN/WHERE:

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015                       Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015                 Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Carver Vocational Tech. School       John Eager Howard Rec. Cnt.       Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church
2201 Presstman St.                            2100 Brookfield Ave.                   2812 Reisterstown Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21216                        Baltimore, MD 21217                   Baltimore, MD 21215

WHY:            

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

ABOUT:       

The B&P Tunnel, which opened in 1873, 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  The existing track geometry and outdated tunnel design significantly impedes rail movement along the busy NEC, creating a low-speed bottleneck impacting approximately 85 Amtrak trains, 57 MARC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 study includes 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.  Community members who need special accommodations for the meetings may call Baltimore City Department of Transportation at 410-396-6856.

Contact:

FRA Public Affairs
202-493-6024

MDOT - Erin Henson & Teri Moss
410-865-1028    

Amtrak – Chelsea Kopta
202-906-3730

Baltimore City - Adrienne Barnes
410-361-9296

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