Baltimore County News
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.
Kevin Kamenetz Baltimore County Executive
The name Sparrows Point conjures thoughts of mighty blast furnaces, heavy steel and workers streaming from a plant that made steel for 125 years.
We’ll never forget our past, because it is the men and women of the Point who set the bar high for hard work and high quality.
Times change. Global economies change. Technology changes.
Today, under committed local ownership, the 3,100 acres of Sparrows Point are being reinvented as a global distribution powerhouse for the 21st century and beyond. Today, Sparrows Point Terminal officially becomes Tradepoint Atlantic.
We are confident that Tradepoint Atlantic will soon be the place where over 10,000 people will come to work each day. They’ll work to move cargo from huge Panamax ships docked at deepwater berths. They’ll work as goods and materials move efficiently from ship to rail to storage to highway.
With Tradepoint Atlantic at the helm, the people of Dundalk, Baltimore County and the region have a lot to be proud of. And a lot more greatness ahead.
Bring it on!
Executive Director, Baltimore County Department of Economic Development
They're longer than four football fields and can carry three times the cargo of any vessel. And they're coming soon to a port near you.
A new generation of super ships will begin sailing through the Panama Canal beginning in 2014. The Port of Baltimore is getting ready for these huge visitors, with the Seagirt Marine Terminal in Dundalk undergoing a major expansion.
Baltimore County has launched a major economic development initiative to help us capitalize on the Port's tremendous growth. A new Sparrows Point Partnership brings together 16 prominent business and private sector leaders to look at port-related business and job growth opportunities in Sparrows Point, North Point, Essex, Rossville and Middle River.
We already have a strong industrial base that includes a network of manufacturers, suppliers, logistics and distribution companies and their trained workers. We have deepwater access, two commercial rail lines, interstate access, and land zoned for industry.
Bring on the super ships!
Revised April 6, 2016