CSX nears completion of plans for $90 million train yard

A spokesman for CSX Transportation said the railroad expects to complete plans next month for a $90 million truck and train terminal in South Baltimore to serve port container traffic.

As a result of meeting with civic leaders and public officials, CSX is revising its blueprint to place the terminal entrance on Bernard Drive, which serves an industrial park, to minimize impact on residential areas to the south and west, said CSX spokesman Robert Sullivan.

The terminal, on the 70-acre Mount Clare rail yard in the Morrell Park neighborhood, will alleviate the bottleneck caused by the century-old Howard Street tunnel by allowing containers brought from the Port of Baltimore by truck and trains to be stacked two-high on outbound trains. The state's current train depot is at Seagirt Marine Terminal, north of the tunnel.

Sullivan said the depot is expected to open in 2015.

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