ULI Baltimore - Howard Street Tunnel Project: a well-coordinated, yet challenging effort with significant economic benefits


2021-11-02T12:00:00 - 2021-11-02T13:00:00

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    With the goal of increasing the Port of Baltimore’s share of international container traffic, the Howard Street tunnel project will deliver significant economic impacts to Baltimore and the MidAtlantic by connecting the Port of Baltimore to CSX’s national double-stack rail network. Join ULI Baltimore and CSX and Maryland Port Administration executives as we explore the land-use, engineering and infrastructure challenges associated with improvements at the historic Howard Street Tunnel and 22 bridges from Baltimore to Philadelphia. As construction is anticipated to begin in the first half of 2022, we will also touch on the project’s funding sources and what this project really means for our region.



    Brian Hammock

    CSX Transportation

    Brian Hammock serves as CSX Transportation's lead executive in Maryland and Delaware. As the company's Resident Vice President, he leads the company's executive and legislative affairs team and community initiatives in the mid-Atlantic region. Prior to joining CSX, Mr. Hammock was an attorney at Venable, LLP. At Venable, he advised clients on all facets of their interactions with state and local governments. Mr. Hammock joined Venable after serving four years as a member of Governor Martin O’Malley’s senior staff. He is a prior member of the Board of Trustees for the Maryland Historical Society, the Baltimore City Storm water Advisory Committee and the Canton Railroad.


    Brandon Knapp

    CSX Transportation

    Brandon Knapp, PE Director – Public Projects CSX Transportation Tel: 904-652-5690 E-mail: Brandon_knapp@csx.com Brandon Knapp is the Director – Public Projects for CSX Transportation. He has held various positions within the Engineering Department including in both Maintenance of Way and Design and Construction in his 16 year career at CSX. He is currently responsible for managing and implementing major capital and publically funded projects across the CSX system. He is a Professional Engineer licensed in the state of Florida and is active in the AREMA organization. He lives with his wife in Severna Park, MD. EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS M.B.A. University of Florida, 2012 B.S. Civil Engineering: University of Kentucky, 2004


    Bradley Smith

    Maryland Port Administration

    Bradley Smith is the General Manager for Strategic Initiatives at the Maryland Port Administration (MPA). In this capacity he is managing all aspects of the state’s involvement in the Howard Street Tunnel Project. Prior to joining MPA in 2019, Bradley was the Director of Freight and Multimodalism at the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) headquarters and was MDOT’s lead on planning, policy and project delivery for freight and passenger rail transportation. He started his career as a transportation planner with Century Engineering. Bradley earned his undergraduate degree from Towson University and master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.


    Ann Tyler

    Director of Business Development/ULI Baltimore Programs Chair, BCT Design Group

    DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - U.S. Ann Tyler is Director of Business Development for BCT Design Group and leads the firm's business development efforts in the United States, concentrating primarily on the East Coast, the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Ann focuses on mixed-use, often combined with multifamily, senior housing, office and retail; and, connects with developers and organizations that can benefit from BCT's expertise. Adept at establishing new relationships and maintaining existing relationships, Ann recently launched a speakers’ series on behalf of the firm, introducing clients to new trends and other industry experts. Today Ann chairs the Baltimore Urban Land Institute’s Programs Committee, overseeing the development of thought-leadership programming for the Council. A former member of the ULI DC Trends Conference planning committee and awards program, Ann participates in the WLI Circles program and is a board member of The Baltimore Zoo. Ann joined BCT Design Group in 2013 and has more than 20 years of experience in business development, marketing, and public relations. She derives the greatest pleasure from working with BCT’s creative team and others in the industry to see sustainable, creative projects come to life through collaboration and smart thinking. Ann received her Bachelor of Arts in European Studies from Vanderbilt University and has traveled extensively throughout Europe. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). She is also active in The Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) and The Greater Baltimore Committee.