Progress in the 7th District

I am proud to support numerous projects around the 7th District that are improving the lives of local residents. 

You can learn more about past projects I have supported and new projects by reading my press releases here.

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TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

In the Congress, I am a senior member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and serve on that Committee’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials and the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.  I previously served as Chairman of the Coast Guard Subcommittee from 2007 through 2010.

I strongly believe that federal funding for transportation infrastructure must be expanded so that we can eliminate the backlog of maintenance needs and build the new infrastructure we need to move our nation forward.  Investing in transportation infrastructure in the 7th District is a critical priority for me.

 

$125 Million in Federal Funds for the Howard Street Tunnel

The Maryland Congressional Delegation and I announced $125 million in federal funding for the Howard Street Tunnel expansion project from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program for the Howard Street Tunnel Project.

The grant is one of the 10 largest grants ever awarded under the INFRA program.

I have been working for many years to ensure that the Howard Street Tunnel is as safe as possible and is able to accommodate double-stacked freight containers moving to and from the Port of Baltimore. 

After CSX, the tunnel’s owner announced in 2017 it was withdrawing from the years-long effort to seek federal funding to expand and improve this tunnel, I and my colleagues in the Maryland Delegation met with CSX chief executive, James Foote, and asked him to reconsider CSX’s decision to abandon this project.  Mr. Foote agreed, and after taking a second look, he announced that CSX would rejoin this project and commit $91 million to the expansion of the Howard Street Tunnel. The State of Maryland has also committed $147 million to this project.

 

$90 Million Commitment for Baltimore Penn Station

Located just blocks from my Baltimore district office, Baltimore Penn Station is a major gateway to Baltimore and one of the busiest stations on the Amtrak network.  I have worked for more than a decade to ensure this station fulfills its enormous potential as an economic engine in the heart of Baltimore.

Earlier this year, I joined in Amtrak’s announcement of the approval of a master development plan for Penn Station with Penn Station Partners.  Amtrak also committed to invest up to $90 million to revitalize the station and bring it to a state of good repair. 

The planned redevelopment of both the station and the adjacent land will support transit-oriented redevelopment in the heart of Baltimore, better serve the needs of the passengers who use this station, and ensure that Penn Station is a welcoming gateway into the heart of our City.

  1. In 2017, I asked Amtrak’s CEO about Penn Station during a hearing in the Transportation Committee.  You can watch that exchange here.

 

New Bus Terminal in Baltimore 

I secured more than $4 million through the SAFETEA-LU surface transportation authorization for the construction of the new intercity intermodal bus terminal in Baltimore at 2110 Haines Street.  This station, which opened in 2017, provides a new home for Greyhound bus services and significantly improves connections between local MTA buses and the intercity bus service.

 

Continued Revitalization of North Avenue

In 2016, I helped secure $10 million in federal funding to support the North Avenue Rising project.  This funding was awarded to the Maryland Transit Administration through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program to complete the North Avenue Rising Project.  The North Avenue Rising project, which totaled $27.3 million, upgraded transit infrastructure on North Avenue, including adding new bus lanes and lanes for bicycles.

Previously, through the SAFETEA-LU transportation authorization, I secured $4 million to support improvements along East North Avenue.

 

Baltimore Light Rail and MARC

I secured more than $40 million in federal funding for the Baltimore Light Rail Double Tracking Project.  I also secured millions of federal dollars to upgrade the MARC system, including the installation of Positive Train Control technology to improve safety.

 

Route 29 in Howard County

I secured more than $5 million for the expansion of Route 29 in Howard County near the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, improving mobility for local residents and easing access to a major local employer.

 

Major Road Projects

I have secured millions of dollars to support the reconstruction of roadways throughout the 7th District, including:

  • $3.4 million to help widen the I-695 Baltimore Beltway
  • $3 million for the reconstruction of Route 32 at the Burntwoods Road interchange at MD-108 and I-70
  • $2.4 million for the rehabilitation of the Hanover Street Drawbridge and the Pennington Avenue Drawbridge
  • $2 million for improvements on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in the Poppleton Area of Baltimore
  • $475,000 for the Mid-Town Baltimore Cultural District Streetscape

 

$60 Million for the B&P Tunnel

I am working to help upgrade the Northeast Corridor, which carries the Amtrak service through Baltimore.

I authored provisions in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (P.L. 110-432) that directed the Federal Railroad Administration to work with Amtrak, the Surface Transportation Board, the State of Maryland, and rail operators to select and approve a new rail tunnel alignment through Baltimore to replace the aging and obsolete B&P tunnel.  I then helped secure $60 million for the design of a new tunnel alignment under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

 

Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland Facility

I helped secure more than $6 million in federal funding for construction of the Central Maryland Transit Operations Facility.

 

Red Line

I strongly support the construction of the Red Line transit system in Baltimore.  The Red Line is a proposed east-west light rail transit system that would link the Woodlawn area of Baltimore County with destinations throughout Baltimore’s downtown area as well as the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, and Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.  Encompassing 19 planned stations, the Red Line would significantly improve mobility throughout Baltimore, including in communities that are highly dependent on public transit.

For more than a decade, I worked closely with the entire Baltimore-area Congressional delegation and with multiple gubernatorial administrations in Maryland to secure the commitment of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to support construction of the Red Line.  I also secured millions of federal dollars to help plan and design the system.  And I worked closely with communities all along the proposed alignment to ensure that the system’s design reflected local priorities and addressed community concerns.

Governor Hogan has refused to build the Red Line, leaving $900 million in federal funding on the table that could have been invested in our City to build this critically needed light rail system and support thousands of jobs.

Following the announcement of Governor Hogan’s decision to cancel this project, I authored a letter to Governor Hogan signed by the Baltimore-area Congressional Delegation and by numerous Baltimore City officials urging him to reconsider his decision to cancel this project.

 

 

PROJECTS IN OUR COMMUNITIES

Fayette Street Outreach Center

Congressman Cummings addresses the crowd gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the Fayette Street Outreach Center.

 

I secured $100,000 to support construction of the new Fayette Street Outreach Center in Baltimore. The Outreach Center provides computer and coding classes for youth and adults, offers GED program and job development programs, provides the community with a nutritional enhancement program through their garden, and hosts monthly community meetings.

 

East Baltimore Development Inc.

East Baltimore Development Inc. (EBDI) is an historic $1.8 billion revitalization project centered on the transformation of an 88-acre area near the Johns Hopkins medical campus that faced a continuing process of disinvestment. The project provides new and renovated housing, life sciences research and office space, a new K-8 elementary school and community learning campus, and other neighborhood services such as green spaces and a new community park.

I helped secure extensive federal resources for this effort, including:

  • $6.8 million to reconstruct roadways around the redevelopment area of East Baltimore bounded by Broadway, Madison, Patterson Park Avenue and the Amtrak Rail Corridor;
  •  $196,000 for workforce development programs associated with EBDI.

I also helped support EBDI’s Economic Opportunity Initiative by hosting information sessions regularly that enabled MBE, WBE, and LBE firms learn about contracting opportunities associated with the project. 

 

Opportunity Zones

I supported the designation of 42 census tracts in Baltimore City and 10 tracts in Baltimore County as Opportunity Zones.

In addition, I have introduced legislation—H.R.4011, the Opportunity Zone Lead Remediation Impact Act of 2019—that would ensure that buildings rehabilitated in Opportunity Zones undergo remediation to remove lead hazards.

 

Supporting Law Enforcement

I was proud to join my Maryland Delegation colleagues in supporting the receipt of more than $2.5 million in funding from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Anti-Heroin Task Force Program to advance the Maryland State Police’s efforts to combat the illegal manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription opioids.

In addition, working with my colleagues in the Maryland delegation, I helped secure $1.5 million for technology upgrades for Baltimore County law enforcement, and an additional $1.5 million to upgrade the Baltimore County 9-1-1 Center’s communications equipment.

 

Preschool Development Grant

I and my colleagues in the Maryland Delegation supported the receipt of a grant totaling more than $10 million from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Maryland State Department of Education for preschool development.  This grant will enable the State to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment for children from birth through the age of 5 and develop services that can be provided in a wide range of settings, including child care centers and home-based child care providers, Head Start and Early Head Start centers, and other educational centers to meet children’s specific needs.

 

Gwynns Falls Trail

I worked closely with my colleagues in the Maryland Delegation to support the decade-long effort to complete the Gwynns Falls trail through Baltimore City, including securing more than $700,000 for the improvement of roadways and trails connecting to Gwynns Falls Trail, and more than $450,000 for Gwynns Falls resources.

 

SUPPORTING HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE 7TH DISTRICT

I have worked throughout my career in the Congress to support higher education, and have helped secure millions of dollars in federal funding for institutions of higher learning in the 7th District, including:

  • Morgan State University:
    • More than $4 million for Morgan’s University Transportation Center
    • $3 million for the Chesapeake Information Based Aeronautics Consortium, which included Morgan State University as well as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Bowie State University
    • $500,000 for an Oyster Hatchery Program
    • $200,000 to support a program to examine health disparities
  • Howard County Community College:
    • $1 million for facilities and equipment upgrades for health workforce training initiatives
    • $292,000 for radiologic technology
  • Coppin State University: More than $400,000 for the School of Nursing
  • University of Maryland:
    • $1 million for the Advanced Study Institute for Environmental Prediction;
    • $731,000 for the School of Nursing
    • more than $380,000 for the BioPark
    • $246,000 for the Center for Nanomedicine

In addition, I helped secure funding for the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s spinal cord injury facility, Saint Agnes Hospital, and LifeBridge Health of Baltimore.