On July 25, Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration Executive Director Jim White attended a major transportation infrastructure funding announcement by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao in Washington, D.C.
Federal funding in the amount of $125 million was awarded to Maryland for the Howard Street Tunnel reconstruction project, which will allow double-stacked container trains to travel to and from the Port of Baltimore.
Maryland is contributing $147 million and CSX $91 million toward the costs. The project is expected to increase the Port’s throughput by 100,000 containers annually and serve as a significant job generator by creating 6,800 construction jobs and 7,400 additional jobs related to the increased business.