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In a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz offered full support for the State’s grant application for improvements to the CSX freight rail line through the Howard Street Tunnel in Baltimore. 

“This rail/port project is vital to our ability to maximize container shipping from the Port of Baltimore and the global logistics center at Tradepoint Atlantic on the Sparrows Point peninsula,” said County Executive Kamenetz.  

Below is the letter of support from Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz:

On behalf of Baltimore County, I offer our full support for the Maryland Department of Transportation’s grant application for improvements to the CSX freight rail line through the Howard Street Tunnel in Baltimore.

The opportunity of double-stacked container rail service through the Port of Baltimore terminals is close at hand as the Panama Canal widening concludes later this year. With our deep water and on-dock rail advantages, our port is poised to bring in the massive “panamax” ships and greatly increase port business.  The ability to fix our rail tunnel bottleneck will also give relief to road congestion along the I-95 corridor. It’s a rare chance to increase family-supporting jobs while reducing commuter traffic in a single project.

As an enormous player in the port economy, Baltimore County has significant interest in this rail/port project. At the 3,100 acre Sparrows Point peninsula, we are helping Tradepoint Atlantic rebuild the former Bethlehem Steel short-line railroad and upgrade the intermodal yard that connects to both CSX and Norfolk Southern.  This will complement the site’s unique deep water port access and will provide room for future port expansion.

Double-stack rail will truly unlock the potential of the nation's newest and largest global logistics center in eastern Baltimore County.

Through the FASTLANE grant program, the $160 million in Federal support enables a cost effective option to reduce transportation costs, promote greater capacity, ensure a cleaner environment, and create jobs in our port and logistics economy. We stand with the State of Maryland and our Port partners to drive the CSX Howard Street Tunnel project forward.


Baltimore County is making its case to PayPal as the location of choice for a 400-person global operations center the financial tech firm recently withdrew from North Carolina.

“You keep expanding your Hunt Valley Global Operations Site in the heart of our central business corridor, and frankly, we love it,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in a letter to PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman.   

Kamenetz noted the growth of PayPal and other financial and tech companies in Baltimore County including T. Rowe Price, Bank of America, ADP and Dunbar Security Solutions.

“We have the financial, cyber, software engineering and experienced operations talent ready for PayPal to recruit. Our workforce development team already has helped the PayPal Hunt Valley operations center successfully find qualified workers,” added Kamenetz. “With rapid communications connecting operations centers to the world, it makes sense for PayPal to consider expanding its Hunt Valley operations. We look forward to the conversation.”

Bill Me Later, purchased by eBay/PayPal in 2008, was founded by Baltimore financial technology entrepreneurs. PayPal and eBay split into two companies in 2015.


Aims to Boost Residential Tree Canopy

Homeowners can get great deals through the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability’s 11th bi-annual Big Trees Sale. The sale is designed to encourage people to help increase the County’s tree canopy by planting in residential areas.

“Planting big native trees is something positive you can do, for your community and the environment – they beautify your yard and boost your property values, and their shade can cut your energy costs, their roots help keep stormwater from running off into our waterways and their leaves help clean carbon from the atmosphere,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. 

Each spring and fall, the Big Trees Sale features a selection of native trees supplied by Baltimore County’s reforestation nursery. Big Trees are Maryland native species such as oaks and maples that grow taller and cast shade over a wider area than smaller trees such as dogwoods and flowering cherries. They need room to grow and take longer to mature, but they provide greater and longer-lasting benefits to homeowners when properly sited. Big Trees species generally outperform smaller ornamental tree species in terms of environmental benefits, with their greater ability to soak up excess rainwater, save energy through shading, remove atmospheric carbon, and add to property values.

To date, more than 650 citizens have planted nearly 3,400 big trees purchased though this program. This year’s sale will take place at the Baltimore County EPS Reforestation Nursery, located at 7131 Brinkmans Road, Middle River, Maryland 21220. Baltimore County residents can order Big Trees online now and pick up trees on the last early pick up day, or at the nursery on the following dates:

  • Friday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The last sale date is open to the public, where residents can purchase any remaining trees and non-County residents can purchase up to two trees.

Please note that only cash or checks can be accepted as forms of payment. 

Eight different species are still available for the spring sale. Depending on the species, trees are anywhere from four to seven feet tall and are offered for $20 to $30 each. The Big Trees website (www.baltimorecountymd.gov/bigtrees) has pictures and descriptions of each species to help residents find the right tree for their property. EPS is also offering tree shelter kits to better protect the trees from deer browsing and buck rubbing.

EPS encourages people to order trees as soon as possible before species sell out. The last day to order online is Wednesday, May 11.  Non-County residents can buy trees that were not pre-ordered at the Saturday, May 14th sale, not to exceed two trees per customer. Trees must be ordered online using the online order form at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/bigtrees

Species Still Available for the Spring Sale:

  • Black Oak
  • Chestnut Oak
  • Pin Oak
  • Red Oak
  • River Birch
  • Pignut Hickory
  • Scarlet Oak
  • Swamp White Oak

Any questions about the Big Trees sale may be emailed to EPS at bigtrees@baltimorecountymd.gov


 
 

Revised April 6, 2016