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For Immediate Release:

 

B&P TUNNEL PROJECT
DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW

Comments welcomed through February 5

December 18, 2015

HANOVER, MD – Today, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Amtrak and the Baltimore City Department of Transportation publicly released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the B&P Tunnel Project.  The DEIS presents the project’s purpose and need, analysis of the alternatives retained for further study and an assessment of environmental considerations of these alternatives.  
 
Of the 16 original alternatives identified during project scoping, one no-build alternative (Alternative 1) and one build alternative with three options (Alternative 3: Options A, B and C) remain for additional engineering development and environmental evaluation presented in the DEIS.  
 
The federally-funded, $60 million B&P Tunnel Project study began in May 2014.  It 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 Northeast Corridor.  The 142-year-old, two-track tunnel is located between the West Baltimore MARC Station and Penn Station along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) in Baltimore, Maryland.  It is used by Amtrak, Maryland’s MARC Commuter Rail trains and Norfolk Southern Railway freight trains.  
 
Between December 18, 2015, and February 5, 2016, copies of the DEIS and accompanying Technical Reports will be available for public review at the following locations:
 
Baltimore City Department of Transportation Transit Bureau
417 E. Fayette Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
 
Maryland Department of Transportation
7201 Corporate Center Drive
1st Floor Reception Desk
Hanover, MD 21076
 
Maryland Transit Administration
6 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
By Appointment Only at 410-767-3785
 
Bon Secours Community Works
26 N. Fulton Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21223
 
John Eagar Howard Recreation Center
2100 Brookfield Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
 
Bentalou Recreation Center
220 N. Bentalou Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
 
Enoch Pratt Libraries:
 
Central Branch
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
 
Pennsylvania Avenue Branch
1531 W. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
 
Halbrook Branch
3203 W. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21216
 
Edmondson Avenue Branch
4330 Edmondson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21229
 
The DEIS also is available online at bptunnel.com under the “DEIS” heading.   
 
The public can provide feedback and official comments on the DEIS by:
• completing an on-line comment form at bptunnel.com;
• sending an email to info@bptunnel.com with “DEIS COMMENT” as the subject heading;
• mailing written comments to B&P Tunnel Project DEIS Comment, c/o RK&K, 81 W. Mosher Street,  Baltimore, MD 21217; or
• giving written or oral testimony at one of the public hearings being held next year.
 
The DEIS Public Hearings will be held on Saturday, January 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on Thursday, January 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Frederick Douglass High School, Main Auditorium, 2301 Gwynns Falls Parkway, Baltimore, MD, 21217.  At the hearings, project information and maps will be displayed and team representatives will be available to answer questions.  A stenographer will be available to those who wish to provide private verbal testimony. 
 
The DEIS has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).  
Based on comments on the DEIS, the project team will write the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).  The FEIS is anticipated next fall and the Record of Decision is expected in spring 2017.  The project is not currently funded for construction. 
 
 
 
Media Contacts:
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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