Beltsville is one of the proposed locations for a new facility that will allow the transfer of freight trailers and containers between trains and trucks.
The suggested location is on Beltsville Agricultural Research Center property north of Sunnyside Ave. (CSX Intermodal Facility between Sunnyside Ave and Powder Mill Rd west of Kenilworth Ave). More details about the Intermodal project can be found here on the project’s website www.intermodal.maryland.gov
Area’s residents say the proposed plan could have a significant impact on traffic and the environment in Beltsville, Berwyn Heights, College Park, Calverton, Laurel, Vansville and other surrounding communties in MD.
A communication from a group of Beltsville residents says “We are working to keep the community as it is through continuing to preserve our natural wildlife environment and keeping traffic to a minimum. So far we have contacted the cities of Greenbelt and Laurel, the Beltsville Civic Association and the Citizens to Conserve and Restore Indian Creek (CCRIC) and they are opposed to the building of a CSX facility. We would like your support in this endeavour.”
During the month of May the group will have several informal town hall meetings, post concerns in the local papers and set up a meeting with State Representatives to voice their concerns with the facility and request their support. Are residents are asked to send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and their Facebook page (No Beltsville Intermodal) to get the latest updates on the proposed development.
Maryland Department of Transportation and the CSX Transportation, Inc held a public informational workshop on Wednesday, April 20, 2011at Beltsville Academy. MD 21st Delegation members were present at the meeting.