A state delegate representing Prince George's County said this week that CSX plans to put its intermodal facility in Baltimore City. Last month, Sen. Ed Kasemeyer (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 federal agency sponsoring the project said 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," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wrote 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."