6-22-11: Trucks, Trains, and Angry Neighbors
A project to widen the Panama Canal is expected to be finished by 2014. Why are we talking about that on Maryland Morning? Because it will mean that some megaships carrying cargo from Asia that now stop at Los Angeles or Long Beach will instead transit the canal to deliver their cargo to the East Coast–including the Port of Baltimore.
To efficiently handle the influx, the transportation company CSX wants to put that cargo on double-stack container cars which don’t fit through Baltimore’s antiquated Howard Street tunnel.
To work around the problem, Maryland’s Department of Transportation is partnering with CSX to create an intermodal transfer facility south of the city that would transfer cargo from trains to trucks. Four sites are being considered for the transfer station: Beltsville, Hanover, Jessup, and Montevideo Road.
Many residents of those area object, and this morning we’ll hear some of those objections–and give CSX Vice President for Strategic Infrastructure Initiatives Louis Renjel an opportunity to address them.
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