Howard Street Tunnel Expansion Underway

Governor Larry Hogan and others broke ground today on the expansion of the Howard Street Tunnel in Baltimore City. 

Governor Larry Hogan was joined by transportation officials and private sector leaders in breaking ground on the expansion of the Howard Street Tunnel in Baltimore City. The expansion of the tunnel will allow for double stacking of freight cars, allowing more cargo to pass through the port. The Governor was joined by Senator Ben Cardin, CSX CEO Jim Foote, Federal Railroad Administration deputy administrator Amit Bose, Maryland Transportation Secretary Greg Slater, and Maryland Port Administration executive director William P. Doyle.

Hogan remarked during the event:

“This is a truly historic day for the Port of Baltimore and the State of Maryland as we begin construction on the transformative Howard Street Tunnel Project. Which is a hallmark achievement on our state’s relentless focus on infrastructure. . . .

Expanding the 126-year-old Howard Street tunnel to allow for double-stacked container trains will clear a decades-long hurdle for the port of Baltimore and clear a major east coast bottleneck.”

Senator Cardin said:

“This project has been a priority for all of Maryland. This is our future and we are well prepared with the new cranes and now the rail. “

Long time Conduit Street readers will know that the Port of Baltimore has played an outsized role in getting goods into the country in recent months. This is primarily due to the global supply chain squeeze, which has seen the cost of goods and materials skyrocket.

According to the US DOT: 

The Howard Street Tunnel Project (Project) will improve clearance at the Howard Street Tunnel (HST) in Baltimore City and 22 other locations where obstructions exist along the CSX Transportation (CSX) Interstate 95 (I-95) rail corridor between Baltimore and Philadelphia. The Project will remove all obstructions that restrict passage of modern double-stack intermodal trains along the corridor. . . .

In addition to clearing the corridor for double-stack rail passage, the Project will build additional resiliency into CSX’s rail network, enhance productivity at the Port of Baltimore, and improve freight rail performance and capability in the mid-Atlantic corridor.

Equally crucial to rail infrastructure are our roads and bridges. In the MACo Winter Conference session, “Go Big: Infrastructure Funding at a Crossroads,” an expert panel will discuss funding, challenges, and opportunities related to roads and local governments. 

The 2021 MACo Winter Conference, “Time to Reboot: Tomorrow’s Tech Today,” will be held on December 8-10, 2021, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.

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