Frederick Douglass Tunnel Program

The Frederick Douglass Tunnel is the centerpiece of this program, featuring two new tunnel tubes serving primarily MARC and Amtrak passengers. The new tunnel is named in honor of Frederick Douglass, a Maryland native and an early leader in the fight for the rights of women and minorities. He was also a frequent railroad passenger after escaping to his freedom by boarding a train in Baltimore.

 

The Existing Tunnel

The B&P Tunnel, located in Baltimore, dates from the Civil War era. At nearly 150 years old, it is the oldest tunnel along this section of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and is a bottleneck for operations of MARC and Amtrak passenger trains. The 1.4-mile tunnel, connecting Amtrak’s Penn Station to MARC’s West Baltimore station, is impacted by a variety of age-related issues including excessive water infiltration, a deteriorating structure, and a sinking floor. The tunnel does not include any of the modern fire and life safety systems that help keep passengers safe in the event of emergencies, and extensive maintenance is required. These factors are evidence that now is the time to provide the 9 million MARC and Amtrak customers in this area with a modern tunnel that delivers a faster, more reliable trip.

The New Tunnel Alignment

This program will modernize and transform a ten-mile section of the NEC. The work will include the construction of:

  •  Two new high-capacity tunnel tubes that will primarily serve electrified passenger trains
  • New roadway and railroad bridges
  • New rail systems, track and railroad infrastructure
  • A new ADA-accessible West Baltimore MARC station

Get Involved

Visit our community outreach page to learn about upcoming public meetings, our engagement in your community and how to stay up to date on the program.

 

Key Program Benefits

 

In Person

Thursday, February 29, 2024
6 - 7:30 pm

Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School
220 N Bentalou Street
Baltimore, MD 21223

Register for the meeting

For more information download the flyer

In Person

Thursday, February 29, 2024
6 - 7:30 pm

Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School
220 N Bentalou Street
Baltimore, MD 21223

Register for the meeting

For more information download the flyer

Additional Resources

The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the B&P Tunnel Project. In making its decision, FRA considered the information and analysis included in the Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements (DEIS & FEIS) for the project and public and agency comments.

FRA has prepared this ROD in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq.), the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) NEPA Regulations (40 C.F.R. Parts 1500-1508), the FRA Procedures for Considering Environmental Impacts (64 Federal Register 28545 [May 26, 1999]), and FRA’s Update to NEPA Implementing Procedures (78 Federal Register Part 2713 [January 14, 2013]).

Check back for articles, news releases and images covering the project's updates.

To illustrate Amtrak’s commitment to Community Engagement the Outreach team will develop and maintain an Engagement Schedule to work with the community to identify Investment Priorities, solicit feedback on program activities and to share updates on program activities.