A summary of the October 29, 2014 Public Open House is available here. This summary includes a synopsis of the Public Open House, a summary of comments received, and the actual comments received.
The open house comment period extends until November 14, 2014. You may provide comments using the form located here. Or, please see the "Contact Us" tab at the top of this page for additional ways to submit comments and/or join the project mailing list.
The Draft Preliminary Alternatives Screening Report documents the preliminary alternatives phase of the project and is an important step for developing the project alternatives that will be evaluated in an Environmental Impact Statement. The report presents the process by which an initial range of 15 preliminary alternatives were identified, evaluated using screening criteria, and narrowed to four alternatives. Input received from the public regarding the preliminary alternatives and/or additional alternatives will be considered in the Final Preliminary Alternatives Screening Report. Please submit comments on Draft Preliminary Alternatives Screening Report by November 14, 2014. However, comments on the project 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.
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.