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POLL: Is CSX Done with Elkridge?

With speculation swirling, we want to know what you think.

 

A representing Prince George's County said this week that CSX plans to put its intermodal facility in Baltimore City. Last month,  (D-Howard) gave constituents the same message.

The railroad company is studying four sites for its project, which is billed as a train-truck depot essential for handling the influx of freight in 2015 with the widening of the Panama Canal.

The that the two sites in Jessup, one in Hanover and another in Beltsville are still being studied in accordance with an environmental review process that could take years.

Maryland Department of Transportation said the studies would be complete by the end of this year. It has partnered with CSX in building the facility, which it says is essential to keeping the state competitive commercially.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Baltimore City has been trying to steer the project into her jurisdiction.

"It’s clear that this process has stalled—threatening one of Baltimore’s strongest pillars of economic growth and job creation," in an recent letter to the railroad company's CEO. "Toward that end, I am urging CSX...to identify an appropriate site for the new Intermodal Facility in the City of Baltimore."

Concerned Elkridgean June 24, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Dean and LF: I live in Howard County 10 minutes from the Mall and did not get to vote on the slots because I was not in Anne Arundel County. I was and am totally against it. It affects our county as well. And the retired people who they brought from Annapolis up to lobby at the mall for the slots did not care. It was not in their neighborhood! I don't think people within a certain radius should have got to vote on it, but that is another issue with our government. I have a friend who bought right behind the Safeway and is not very pleased!
Concerned Elkridgean June 24, 2012 at 01:13 PM
As far as the Intermodal, I don't think they are done with Elkridge. I agree with Mr. Drew, if I remember correctly, CSX can extend their contract with Seagirt Marine terminal for another 5 years until around 2018. If they have a temporary solution, I think that they will go for it until the community calms down. Hopefully, in the next ten years they will rezone Race Road to be more conducive to the residential. Also, even if they built an asphalt plant on the 10 acres, CSX will still have enough land to build and intermodal site. Question for all... CSX could build more that one intermodal sites only smaller. What do you think? Would it be economically feasible for them?
Robyn Winder June 24, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I'd say watch what happens with the NEPA process. If it goes forward into the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) phase with the Race Road site still on the list and under consideration, especially if it is the "preferred alternative," then I suspect CSX will be back. The Baltimore site may only be an interim solution with CSX still in the hunt for a bigger intermodal site.
Barry Mayer June 25, 2012 at 03:05 AM
CSX is not done with Elkridge until it's finally decided, signed, sealed and delivered. It's not over until it's over.
Doug K June 26, 2012 at 03:33 AM
I don't think you are asking the right question -- "Is CSX done with Elkridge?" is a different question than "will they put the Intermodal in Baltimore?" Remember the intermodal was always about two distinct things: 1. Helping the Port by turning the single stacked trains into double stacked trains as close to the Port as possible. 2. Helping CSX's domestic rail business by allowing a truck to train transfer facility somewhere between Baltimore and Washington. This would be to allow those containers shipped over CSX to be driven right to the Walmarts and Home Depots in the Baltimore-Washington Area. Don't forget they kept telling us that 90% of the volume was to be domestic in origin (i.e., unrelated to the ports). So what is going in Baltimore -- according to your article: "CSX and the City of Baltimore have been in discussions regarding a potential facility development, which would be smaller and operate differently than initially proposed." Baltimore cares about the Ports and for that is well-situated. It is not well-situated for the local container distribution. The TIGER grant ($75 million Federal Grant) is to support the ports as well. So they will build the double stacking facility in Baltimore. My belief is CSX would then look to Elkridge to build the Truck-Train transfer facility without the NEPA process being an issue. Semper Vigilans -- this isn't over yet!

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