BALTIMORE (AP) — The Federal Railroad Administration is proposing a $4 billion project to replace a 143-year-old Amtrak tunnel beneath Baltimore that is a major bottleneck in the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington.
The agency said Thursday that the project is the preferred alternative in a final environmental impact statement . The administration says it expects to decide next spring whether to approve it.
The agency says rebuilding the 1.4-mile Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel would allow for more and faster trains.
The administration says the project would displace 22 residential properties, including five that are vacant.
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The Baltimore Sun reported in February that many people who spoke at a public hearing said they feared that the noise and vibration from the trains would disrupt their communities.