- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland will reapply for federal funds to make room for double-stacked containers in Baltimore’s aged Howard Street Tunnel.

Hogan and CSX Transportation Chairman and CEO Michael Ward rode through the 121-year-old tunnel Monday and reaffirmed their commitments to improvements needed to bring taller trains to the Port of Baltimore.

Federal officials denied Maryland’s application for funds for tunnel improvements earlier this year.

Officials long believed the improvements would cost $1 billion to $3 billion. But they’re now pursuing a cheaper technique that involves lowering the floor and notching the tunnel’s crown. Officials say they can make enough room in the tunnel and under nine bridges for $425 million.

CSX and the state have committed $270 million, and Maryland will seek federal funds for the rest.

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