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.
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Major new distribution facility in Sparrows Point
FedEx Ground is locating a 300,000 square foot distribution facility in the new Tradepoint Atlantic global logistics center, the first major real estate lease in the redevelopment of Sparrows Point. The state-of-the-art facility in Dundalk is expected to employ about 150 combined full- and part-time workers at opening, with more jobs planned to support increased demand for service in the greater Baltimore Washington corridor.
“Tradepoint Atlantic is bringing a new generation of jobs to the Point. What a great way to start -- with a world class company such as FedEx,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “New construction jobs are here now as the Fed Ex Ground distribution center takes shape, with 150 more jobs when the facility opens next year.”
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The FedEx Ground facility is being built on 50 acres that are ground leased to Scannell Properties, which is developing the distribution facility for FedEx. The new facility will join two existing FedEx Ground stations in Baltimore County, in White Marsh and Halethorpe.
Tradepoint Atlantic is rising on a 3,100-acre site that was formerly a Bethlehem Steel manufacturing plant. With rail, deep water port and interstate access, the site is transforming into a major east coast logistics, manufacturing, and transportation hub.
“We are confident that companies at Tradepoint Atlantic will more than replace the 2,000 jobs lost when the steel mill closed. When completed, this global center could bring upwards of 10,000 new jobs to Baltimore County,” added Kamenetz. “Over 750,000 union hours of work already have been logged as demolition, recycling and environmental clean-up continue at the site. It all adds up to great news for the economic health of Dundalk, Baltimore County and the entire region.”
“FedEx is the first of many global companies that will set up operations at the new tri-modal port facility at Tradepoint Atlantic. Having such a prestigious tenant sign a long term lease demonstrates the economic impact Tradepoint Atlantic will have for the region,” said Michael Moore, CEO of Tradepoint Atlantic. “As we continue to bring jobs and redevelop the site, we will be known as the premier facility on the eastern seaboard and a true world-class center for business and trade.”
Revised April 6, 2016