BALTIMORE & POTOMAC TUNNEL PROJECT CONCLUDES ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
March 31, 2017
he Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the B&P Tunnel Project, concluding the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Impact Statement process on the initiative. The federally-funded engineering and environmental study identifies four new one-track tunnels to replace the existing B&P Tunnel, thereby improving rail service and reliability on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and addressing a longstanding bottleneck. The projected cost, which has not changed since the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), is an estimated $4.52 billion. Funding has not currently been identified for final design and construction of the project.
The 144-year-old, two-track B&P Tunnel is located between the West Baltimore MARC Station and Penn Station in Baltimore, Maryland. Amtrak owns the structure, though it also accommodates both Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) and Norfolk Southern Railway freight trains in addition to intercity passenger trains.