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CSX is recommitting to the Howard Street Tunnel expansion plan

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An archived image of the tunnel at Camden Station, Courtesy Library of Congress

A little over a year ago, freight giant CSX backed out of a long-sought plan to expand the 122-year-old Howard Street Tunnel running from the Port of Baltimore beneath the city, calling it a “business decision” not worthy of $455 million worth of public and private investments.

But last night, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin’s office announced CSX has recommitted to widening the 1.7-mile tunnel’s clearance to fit double-stacked train cars carrying cargo from the Port of Baltimore.

Hogan Still Hopes to Find a Way to Finance Howard Street Tunnel Expansion

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The Howard Street Tunnel at Mount Royal Station, where crude oil has passed through before. Photo by Jaymyang, via Wikimedia Commons.

Maryland’s governor hasn’t given up on an ambitious plan to expand the size of the Howard Street Tunnel. He just may have to do it without the buy-in of the Class I railroad that owns it.

In Blow to Port of Baltimore, CSX Backs Out of Howard Street Tunnel Plan

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An archived image of the tunnel at Camden Station, Courtesy of Library of Congress

Freight rail operator CSX has withdrawn its support for the much-awaited expansion of the Howard Street Tunnel, killing a dream of a significant future boost in productivity for the Port of Baltimore.

What Did Gov. Hogan Discuss Today with Trump Cabinet Members in D.C.?

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Photo via Gov. Larry Hogan/Twitter

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan traveled down the beltway today to meet with members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.

Port of Baltimore Stacks Up Another Achievement: 10.1 Million Tons of Cargo in 2016

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With official 2016 shipping numbers finally on the books, a good year for the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore has turned into a great one.

Maryland Reapplies for Howard Street Tunnel Expansion Money

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An archived image of the tunnel at Camden Station, Courtesy Library of Congress

Generally speaking, Port Covington stole the most attention this year among Baltimore’s potentially transformative development projects. However, the expansion of the 1.7-mile Howard Street Tunnel was not far behind, and it still remains the project that could arguably have the greatest effect on Baltimore’s economic role relative to the rest of the country.

Feds Reject Port Covington Grant Request

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Kevin Plank’s Port Covington development got some bad news this week when the federal government turned down a $76 million request for transportation infrastructure for the project.

Here’s a Riddle for You, Baltimore

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This winter, I visited a friend living in Panama and did the obligatory tour of the famous canal. The container ships moving through the locks are mind-bogglingly huge, like barges on steroids. But they’re not big enough — which is why Panama is in the midst of widening its canal, in order to accommodate even more gigantic ships. There are only two ports on the East Coast that are already deep enough to host these new mega-ships, and Baltimore is one of them; other cities are having to spend millions to dredge their ports to stay competitive. So far so good, right?  Except…

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