Hogan and officials to inaugurate Howard Street tunnel project on Monday – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) –Governor Larry Hogan and transportation officials will inaugurate the Howard Street Tunnel Extension Project on Monday, which will expand the 126-year-old tunnel to accommodate trains with double-stacked containers traveling to and from the Port of Baltimore.
The Maryland Port Authority said on Friday that Hogan would be joined by CSX CEO Jim Foote, Federal Railroad Administration deputy administrator Amit Bose, Maryland Transportation Secretary Greg Slater, and executive director of Maryland Port Authority William P. Doyle at the 1 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony.
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The project will expand the CSX-owned tunnel and 21 other locations to make room for double-decker cars, allowing the port’s business to grow by around 160,000 containers, officials said on Friday.
In June, Hogan announced that the project had received an “insignificant impact finding” under a review under the National Environmental Policy Act.
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Double stacking will also provide a more cost effective way to move freight by rail compared to trucks, reducing congestion along the I-95 corridor and providing environmental benefits with fewer emissions, the governor’s office said at the era.
The Port of Baltimore saw a resurgence of activity in 2021 with the completion of a dredging project to create a second container berth and the arrival of four large cranes that will double container capacity once the expansion of the tunnel completed.
President Joe Biden appeared at the port earlier this month to tout the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which includes $ 17 billion to modernize the country’s ports. The president also promoted federal funding for the Howard Street tunnel project.
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“By investing in our roads, bridges, ports and many other things, this bill will allow businesses to get to market faster,” he said.