And the Baltimore region really, really needs that growth at the port. Here are the numbers associated with the port’s economic impact: $2.9 billion in personal income and more than 127,000 jobs linked to the port (of which 13,650 are direct employment, including many well-paid blue-collar jobs with the average longshoreman earning more than $70,000 a year). The tunnel project has been linked to as many as 7,800 more direct and indirect jobs. That’s some pretty rarefied economic development air. And it’s not just good for the city, it’s a huge employment center for the entire region.