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Del. Gaines Tells Greenbelt Council CSX Intermodal Destined for Baltimore

Beltsville may be off the hook. The Batimore-Washington Rail Intermodal Facility has found a location in Baltimore City, according to Delegate Gaines, who is awaiting official word.

Delegate Tawanna Gaines (D-Dist. 22) told the Greenbelt City Council that CSX has found the location for its intermodal facility and it is in Baltimore, though she said she is awaiting final confirmation.

The Greenbelt City Council has voted several times in favor of sending out letters in opposition to the facility locating to nearby Beltsville, MD.

"I heard just a few days ago that CSX has found some place in Baltimore," she told the council Monday.

Gaines said CSX has not sent a letter regarding $500,000 that Gaines said she and colleagues placed in the state budget, tying CSX to a Baltimore location.

But she said a colleague at an event a few days ago in Baltimore County told her that CSX had found a place in Baltimore City.

In an email to Patch Tuesday, Bob Sullivan, spokesperson for CSX, said the rail line was continuing to weigh all options in Maryland.

"CSX remains committed to working with the State of Maryland and will continue to carefully evaluate all options to develop an intermodal facility that will quickly address the needs of CSX customers, the state's growing freight transportation demands and the Port of Baltimore expansion," the email said.

In March 2011, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced it and CSX had identified Beltsville as one of four locations for a new Batimore-Washington Rail Intermodal Facility in central Maryland.

The targeted Beltsville site, between Sunnyside Avenue and Powder Mill Road near MD 201, would have put the train-truck transfer facility in close proximity to Greenbelt, with shared roads and waterways. 

Greenbelt residents began to voice concerns about the effect the industrial facility could have on streams, traffic, and noise and pollution levels, among other issues.

There are “at least 13 different reasons why” we oppose this plan, said Mayor Judith "J" Davis at an —including the impact such a facility would have on the area’s flood plain and “innumerable streams” connecting to Indian Creek.

Gaines called the apparent news that the intermodal would be located elsewhere "very exciting."

Stuart Goldman June 23, 2012 at 01:18 PM
As suppliers and installers of noise barriers, we would like to work with CSX or whomever is/will be responsible for addressing this issue. Stanford Associates, Inc. 800-355-1144 www.stanfordassociates.net
Jeff Lemieux June 27, 2012 at 03:11 PM
This is great news if it pans out! All those trucks would ruin the BARC and make our area roads a pothole-filled mess.

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