Md. withdraws funding for double-stack rail cars

Transportation officials say Maryland has pulled all funding for a proposed double-stack rail facility and ended its agreement with CSX to build a facility in southwest Baltimore.
 
Transportation Secretary James T. Smith Jr. said in a statement Thursday that $30 million in capital funding and remaining planning funding of $1.45 million will not be included in its draft six-year budget.
 
Smith says the Department of Transportation and CSX have worked for five years to bring double-stack rail transportation to the Port of Baltimore's Seagirt Marine Terminal. 
 
But after plans were announced to build a facility in southwest Baltimore, residents and businesses complained about the potential negative effects it would have on the area. 
 
CSX said in a statement Thursday that it's working toward a solution that will benefit everyone involved.
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