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For Immediate Release:

B&P TUNNEL PROJECT STUDY
JANUARY 23 PUBLIC HEARING POSTPONED;
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED

Next Hearing Scheduled for January 28

January 21, 2016

HANOVER, MD – Due to the forecast for significant snow accumulation on Saturday, January 23, the Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) Tunnel Public Hearing has been postponed.  The next scheduled hearing will take place on Thursday, January 28, 2016, with additional hearings scheduled for Saturday,
January 30, and Monday, February 1.  
 
All three hearings will be held at Frederick Douglass High School Main Auditorium, 2301 Gwynns Falls Parkway, Baltimore, Maryland, 21217:
 
Thursday, January 28, 2016
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
 
Saturday, January 30, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 
Monday, February 1, 2016
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
 
The hearings will provide the community the opportunity to review and comment on the B&P Tunnel Project Study’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).  The DEIS documents the range of alternatives and the socioeconomic, natural and cultural impacts associated with the alternatives under consideration for the existing B&P Tunnel.
 
The public is invited to stop by anytime to review displays, speak to members of the project team and give formal written or verbal testimony.  The same information will be displayed at each hearing.  A stenographer will be available to those who wish to provide private verbal testimony.  
 
The public can learn about what to expect at the hearings by visiting the B&P Tunnel website, bptunnel.com.  If unable to attend the hearings, the public is urged to visit the website to review the DEIS and accompanying documents, find locations where the DEIS is available for review and to provide comments.  
 
The comment period has been extended two weeks through 5:00 p.m., February 19, 2016, and will help the project team identify the preferred alternative.
 
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 DEIS has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).   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