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For Immediate Release:

 

B&P TUNNEL PROJECT STUDY
JANUARY 28th and 30th
PUBLIC HEARINGS CANCELED 

Next Hearing Scheduled for February 1

January 27, 2016

HANOVER, MD – Due to ongoing efforts to restore streets and access to school facilities in Baltimore City, the Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) Tunnel Public Hearings scheduled for January 28 and January 30 are canceled. The project team is working to identify an additional hearing date.
 
The next hearing, scheduled for Monday, February 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., will be held at Frederick Douglass High School Main Auditorium, 2301 Gwynns Falls Parkway, Baltimore, Maryland, 21217.  
 
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 including the 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.  A stenographer will be available to those who wish to provide private verbal testimony at the hearing. 
 
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 hearing, 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.  Comments 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
 

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