Over the past two years, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in coordination with the Maryland Department of Transportation, Amtrak and the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, has conducted an engineering and environmental study focused on developing an alternative to the existing Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) Tunnel. Generally, the study focused on the most efficient way to renovate or replace the existing tunnel. The tunnel, located on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor (NEC) between the West Baltimore MARC Station and Pennsylvania Station, is used by Amtrak and MARC passenger trains, and Norfolk Southern Railway freight trains. This notice provides an update on the Project’s recent activities and its current status [Read On].
Three fact sheets on Air Quality, Tunnel Ventilation, and Vibration were prepared in September 2016 to provide information on key issues related to the B&P Tunnel Project. The fact sheets are available here.
The Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) Tunnel is a two-track railroad tunnel underneath central Baltimore City. The tunnel opened in 1873 and is located between the West Baltimore MARC Station and Pennsylvania Station along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor (NEC). This section of the NEC is used by Amtrak and Maryland's MARC Commuter Rail passenger trains, as well as Norfolk Southern Railway freight trains. The B&P Tunnel is owned by Amtrak and should not be confused with the Howard Street Tunnel, which is owned by CSX and used solely by CSX freight trains.
Working to improve rail service, reliability and address a longstanding bottleneck along Amtrak's busy Northeast Corridor (NEC), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Amtrak are advancing an engineering and environmental study to examine various improvements to the 141-year-old Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) Tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland. MDOT was awarded a grant from FRA to complete the study as part of the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program. As part of the study, FRA will lead development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in close coordination with MDOT, the public, and other stakeholders.
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