Engineering Study for Third Track from Perryville to Elkton Not Included in Stimulus Funding

As a result of $360-million request for federal stimulus money, Maryland is going to receive $70 million to improve high-speed rail lines in the state.  The funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will allow the state to start work on a bottleneck on the northeast corridor, an outdated tunnel under Baltimore that dates back to 1870, according to a press release from Senators Cardin and Mikulski.  Expansion of the BWI rail station, which serves 600,000 riders a year, also received approval.  A local request to fund an engineering study in preparation for building a third track from Perryville to Elkton was not funded by the Obama administration.

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