A Transfer from Trains to Trucks
A project to widen the Panama Canal is expected to be finished by 2014. That means the Port of Baltimore can expect an increase of incoming cargo over the next few years, and the state of Maryland is hoping to move that cargo quickly using double-stack container cars–which won’t be able to fit through Baltimore’s antiquated Howard Street tunnel.
To work around the problem, Maryland’s Department of Transportation is considering working with the transportation company CSX to create a facility south of the city where the cargo would be transferred from trains to trucks. Several sites are being considered for the transfer station: Beltsville, Hanover, Jessup, or Montevideo.
We’re going to speak with the Maryland DOT, but we also want to hear from people who live in or near those towns. What are your thoughts about having a facility nearby? What are your concerns? What questions do you have?
Let us know by leaving a comment below, give us a call at 410-881-3162, or email us at mdmorning@wypr-dot-org.