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For Immediate Release:
November 6, 2015

FRA, MDOT AND AMTRAK TO PROVIDE UPDATE
ON SUSQUEHANNA RIVER RAIL BRIDGE STUDY

Amtrak, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will host another public outreach information session on the preliminary engineering study for the rehabilitation or possible replacement of the 108-year-old Susquehanna River Rail Bridge.

WHEN: 
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: 
Perryville High School
1696 Perryville Road
Perryville, MD  21093

The public is invited to stop by anytime to attend the fully accessible open house.  There will be no formal presentation.

WHY: 
The public will have the opportunity to meet the project team, learn about the project and the status of the study, ask questions and provide feedback.  Continuous and active public involvement is important to this process and helps the project team identify community needs and concerns.

ABOUT: 
The existing two-track bridge along the busy Amtrak Northeast Corridor (NEC) is safe, but is nearing the end of its useful life.  Along with Amtrak and Maryland’s MARC Commuter Rail passenger trains, this key section of the NEC is used by Norfolk Southern Railway to carry freight across the Susquehanna River.  Amtrak owns and maintains the bridge.
                               
The project team is developing and evaluating various alternatives based on the need to improve capacity and enhance trip time, reliability and safety for commuter, freight and intercity passenger rail service on the NEC.  The study, which began in late 2012 and is expected to be complete by mid-2017, also will consider possible improvements to the navigation channel for marine users.  Preliminary engineering and environmental work is being funded by a $22 million federal grant from the FRA.  The study will comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and examine various alternatives while considering environmental and historical impacts to the community.  The project is not funded for design or construction.

Interested parties are encouraged to comment online at the Susquehanna Project’s website, via email at info@susrailbridge.com or in person at the open house.

 

Media Contacts:

FRA Public Affairs
202-493-6024 
MDOT – Erin Henson & Teri Moss
410-865-1025
Amtrak – Chelsea Kopta
202-906-3730

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