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 For Immediate Release:

FRA, MDOT, AMTRAK AND BALTIMORE CITY TO HOLD
DAYTIME COMMUNITY MEETING
ON BALTIMORE AND POTOMAC TUNNEL STUDY

Meeting to Provide Opportunity for Public Input

December 9, 2015

On Thursday, December 10, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Amtrak and the Baltimore City Department of Transportation will host a community meeting to update the public on the Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) Tunnel. 

The meeting will be held between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., with a formal presentation beginning at 11:30 a.m.  At the meeting, project staff will provide information and obtain input on Alternatives 3A, 3B and 3C, which are being retained for further study.  This open house is the 11th meeting to provide the public information on the B&P Tunnel and is the final meeting planned before the public hearing scheduled to be held in January

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. 

WHEN          Thursday, December 10, 2015
/WHERE:      Perkins Square Baptist Church, 2500 Edmondson Avenue, Baltimore, MD  21223

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  The existing track geometry and outdated tunnel design significantly impedes rail movement along the busy NEC, creating a low-speed bottleneck impacting approximately 85 Amtrak trains, 57 MARC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 the meeting. 

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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