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Opinion: On Howard Street Tunnel, Hogan tries, congressional delegation fails

If shippers can’t get their cargo in or out of a seaport quickly, what happens?   They route their cargo to a more efficient port and take jobs with them.  If you grasp this concept, then you will grasp Baltimore’s Howard Street railroad tunnel problem.

In the logistics and transportation world, cargo-in-motion makes money.  Cargo at rest doesn’t.  Rail or road bottlenecks slow things down and hurt profits.

The Port of Baltimore is afflicted by a longstanding bottleneck at the Howard Street Tunnel, the subterranean railway which carries cargo through the heart of the city.  The tunnel was built in the 1890s when railway technology was much different  Today, the 19th century tunnel cannot accommodate 21st century “double stack” rail cars.

Read the full article from the Maryland Reporter.


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