The B&P Tunnel Project scoping process concluded on July 30, 2014. The Project Scoping Report, available here, summarizes public and agency involvement efforts and the range of comments received during the scoping process. With the information gathered through public and agency input and further research, the Project Team has a deeper understanding of the project's Purpose and Need and the resources to be considered as the project is moved forward.
Note that comments will be accepted through the conclusion of the project. Please see the "Contact Us" tab at the top of this page for ways to submit comments and/or join the project mailing list.
Thank you, we look forward to your continued input.
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.
Explore the tabs at the top of page to learn more about the B&P Tunnel Project and how you can get involved.