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For Immediate Release:

B&P TUNNEL PROJECT FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
IDENTIFIES PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE

FEIS Available For Public Review;
Community Information Meetings Set For December 8th And 10th

December 1, 2016

HANOVER, MD – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in coordination with the Maryland Department of Transportation, Amtrak and the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, has released the B&P Tunnel Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).  The federally-funded engineering and environmental study identifies the Preferred Alternative for a new tunnel alignment that would replace the existing B&P Tunnel.  The 143-year-old, two-track B&P Tunnel is located between the West Baltimore MARC Station and Penn Station along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) in Baltimore, Maryland.  The tunnel is owned by Amtrak and also used by Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) trains and Norfolk Southern Railway freight trains.

The FEIS provides an evaluation of three build alternatives, their ability to meet the purpose and need of the project, and their likely impact to the social, cultural and natural environments.  The FEIS also identifies the Preferred Alternative, including the intended location of the Intermediate Ventilation Facility Site on West North Avenue; responds to public comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) released in December 2015; and recommends potential mitigation measures to address the documented environmental impacts of the Preferred Alternative.

The document was made available for public review starting November 25, 2016.  Project officials also will host Community Information Meetings on December 8th and 10th regarding the document.  In accordance with federal regulations, FRA will impose a waiting period of at least 30 days after the publication of the FEIS and prior to publication of FRA’s final Record of Decision (ROD).

Copies of the document are available for review at:

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

Parkview Recreation Center
2610 Francis Street
Baltimore, MD 21217

Bentalou Recreation Center
220 N. Bentalou Street
Baltimore, MD 21223

Enoch Pratt Libraries:

Central Branch
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Edmondson Avenue Branch
4330 Edmondson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21229

Pennsylvania Avenue Branch
1531 W. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217

Walbrook Branch
3203 W. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21216

Community Information Meetings will be held as follows:

Thursday, December 8th
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School
121 McMechen Street
Baltimore, MD 21217

Saturday, December 10th
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Carver Vocational-Technical High School
2201 W. Presstman Street
Baltimore, MD 21216

Project Information Presentations will occur at 6:30 p.m. (Thursday, Dec. 8) and 11:30 a.m. (Saturday, Dec. 10).  Informational boards and project staff will be available throughout the meeting period, and copies of the FEIS document also will be available for review.

The FEIS also is available online at bptunnel.com under the “FEIS” heading.

The FEIS has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).  A Record of Decision for the project is expected in spring 2017.  The project is not currently funded for construction.

Contacts:
FRA Public Affairs: 202-493-6024
MDOT – Gary Witherspoon: 410-865-1027
Amtrak – Chelsea Kopta: 202-906-3730
Baltimore City  ‑ Adrienne Barnes: 410-361-9296

 

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