Governor Hogan Announces Major INFRA Grant Award
$125 Million to Allow Double-Stacking in Howard Street Tunnel
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced that, as the result of a years-long effort by his administration, Maryland will receive $125 million as part of the federal INFRA (Infrastructure For Rebuilding America) Grant Program. The funding will allow the state in partnership with CSX to double-stack shipping containers in the Howard Street Tunnel in order to break the rail bottleneck before the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore. The state’s application for the grant was submitted in March.
“For years, our administration has pursued funding for this critical project, and after a number of roadblocks, we are finally able to move forward on reconstruction,” said Governor Hogan. “This grant will help us to break a coast-wide bottleneck, further bolstering our economic success at the Port of Baltimore and across the state. I want to thank the U.S. Department of Transportation, CSX, and our partners at the Port for making this initiative a reality.”
In October 2016, Governor Hogan and CSX officials met onboard a CSX rail car and rode through the then 121-year-old Howard Street Tunnel. During the ride, the governor reaffirmed his commitment to making necessary infrastructure adjustments to the tunnel.
Height restrictions within CSX’s Howard Street Tunnel currently prevent the shipment of double-stacked intermodal containers (two shipping containers stacked on top of each other) by rail to and from the Port of Baltimore and up and down the East Coast. Double-stack provides a more cost-effective way to transport freight by rail than by truck, reducing congestion along the entire I-95 corridor and delivering environmental benefits with less emissions and cleaner air.
Later this week, Governor Hogan will become chairman of the National Governors Association, where he will lead a year-long national infrastructure initiative. “Foundation for Success” will focus on states’ ability to take the lead on rebuilding America’s roads, bridges, transit, and more.