Lawmakers pushing for upgrades to Baltimore rail system

The first step was adding a welcome sign when your train pulls into Baltimore. Now, there is a push to upgrade our city's train routes.

A call for action was issued Monday from our state's lawmakers to get more money for transportation projects. Specifically they want to upgrade a 141-year-old passenger rail tunnel.

They asked that some of the proposed $19 billion for the Grow America Act be used to replace the more than one-mile long Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel near Penn Station.

The tunnel was built in 1873, and trains passing through it must slow down to 30 miles per hour.

Amtrak says the tunnel is deteriorating and could cause major service interruptions if it's not fixed soon.

The Grow America Act that would provide money, but it isn’t expected to be passed until at least January.

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