GBC’s Don Fry comments in Baltimore Sun on long-sought grant to help expand Baltimore’s Howard Street Tunnel

The Baltimore Sun: Feds award long-sought grant to help expand Baltimore’s Howard Street Tunnel but not as much as Maryland wanted

By Colin Campbell and Pamela Wood

July 22, 2019

CSX Tunnel

The CSX tracks near the southern entrance to the Howard Street Tunnel (Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun)

Maryland will receive $125 million in long-sought federal funding to expand the Howard Street Tunnel under downtown — a project that would eliminate a critical bottleneck to the port of Baltimore’s booming container business, officials said Monday.

The money is more than $100 million less than the state and CSX Transportation, the successor to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad that owns the freight tunnel, asked for, and it’s not clear how the two will make up the difference.

The state and the railroad have proposed spending $466 million, including the federal grant, to increase clearances through the century-old tunnel and at 22 bridges between Baltimore and Philadelphia so freight trains can carry shipping containers stacked two-high.

The grant is a sign that the federal government recognizes the importance of the Howard Street Tunnel expansion to the region, said Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, a group of business and civic leaders.

“Now we just have to find a way to make up difference,” he said.

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