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Howard Street Tunnel funding

From left to right: Congressman Greg Walden (Oregon), U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Missouri), U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, Congressman Sam Graves (Missouri), Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry and Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.

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.