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Re: Howard Street Tunnel Baltimore

Postby mmi16 » Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:16 am

There will have to be further Clearance projects for the route to Philadelphia to be double stack capable. Boone Tunnel near Philadelphia springs immediately to mind. Potentially several bridges may need to be revised. Howard Street answers Port of Baltimore's issues for Westward traffic.
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Re: Howard Street Tunnel Baltimore

Postby roberttosh » Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:28 pm

There's a lot more potential for domestic double stacking on the North-South on the I-95 corridor than there is for international traffic moving out of the port of Baltimore. It would seem that the big new intermodal center to be built at Rocky Mount, NC will be the I-95's version of North Baltimore, OH and that combined with both future DS clearance and ongoing double track projects along stretches of the A-line will really allow CSX to improve its' product and grow its business moving between the Southeast and Northeast.
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Re: Howard Street Tunnel Baltimore

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:24 am

http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/int ... oject.html

CSX on Nov. 1 announced that it is cancelling its share of a long-planned P3 (public-private partnership) to rebuild and expand Howard Street Tunnel, a 122-year-old structure under downtown Baltimore originally built by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. The project, of which CSX’s share was $145 million, would have cleared the tunnel for double-stack intermodal trains serving the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore, which has experienced an increase in container traffic since opening of the expanded Panama Canal in 2016.

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“Essentially, the winners from CSX’s Howard Street Tunnel withdrawal will probably be the truckers, and to some degree Norfolk Southern intermodal. NS has a slightly more circuitous, but double-stack cleared, route between Jacksonville and Northern New Jersey/New York City—a route NS has nurtured for two decades.


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Re: Howard Street Tunnel Baltimore

Postby ccutler » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:41 am

I would think it's also a risk issue to be relying on a 150 year old tunnel under a major city that was never engineered for it's current environment or usage demands.
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Re: Howard Street Tunnel Baltimore

Postby Backshophoss » Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:24 pm

Figure on CSX dropping the Port of Baltimore,if Howard street collapses on it's own,believe the Derailment/fire did more damage then what is
publicly known.
With CSX dropping the project,any grant chances from the FEDs are gone.
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Re: Howard Street Tunnel Baltimore

Postby mmi16 » Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:01 pm

Backshophoss wrote:Figure on CSX dropping the Port of Baltimore,if Howard street collapses on it's own,believe the Derailment/fire did more damage then what is
publicly known.
With CSX dropping the project,any grant chances from the FEDs are gone.


Report: CSX considering revival of Howard Street Tunnel Project?
American Shipper (Online)
By Elizabeth Landrum
December 21, 2017


Class I railroad company CSX met with members of Maryland’s congressional delegation and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh on Tuesday to discuss the recently-stalled Howard Street Tunnel Project in Baltimore, according to local media source the Baltimore Sun.

The Howard Street Tunnel Project has been a multi-year investment endeavor by the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore. Port of Baltimore officials have continually asked the federal government to approve applications for funding under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s FASTLANE grant program to help increase clearances in the Howard Street Tunnel and at several other locations along the CSX railroad in Baltimore in order to accommodate trains with containers stacked two high.

In July 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded grants totaling $759 million to 18 projects deemed critical freight and highway corridors, but the state of Maryland and CSX Transportation said in October they would reapply for the second round of federal FASTLANE grants to help complete the clearance increase for the Howard Street Tunnel in Baltimore.

However, last month, CSX notified Baltimore port authorities that the company would not be moving forward with the project, which was only explained to MDOT as the best "business decision." CSX's CEO at the time was Hunter Harrison, who suddenly passed away last week after complications from an illness. CSX’s acting CEO Jim Foote met with Maryland congressional delegates this week in his stead.

The company attributed the decision to back away from the Howard Street Tunnel expansion to an operating plan implemented in May by Harrison, and Foote has vowed to continue his agenda. Senator Ben Cardin, Md-D, said Foote repeated during the closed meeting that CSX does not believe the ability to double-stack containers through the tunnel is necessary, reported the Baltimore Sun. He said that, "the railroad discussed, in broad terms, a number of alternatives that it is considering. We expressed our disappointment — and that’s putting it mildly. The bottom line is [Foote] agreed to have an open mind," said Sen. Cardin to the Baltimore Sun.

“The people of Maryland and the city are feeling whiplashed because of their reversal,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen to the Baltimore Sun. “The upside of the gathering was a willingness to take a fresh look at the facts, keep an open mind toward the possibility of reconsideration.
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