CSX to give Maryland real-time information on hazardous cargo

Published 4 February 2008

Baltimore no longer uses chlorine in their water treatment facilities, yet their citizens are exposed to the toxic substance as trains carrying the hazardous material to facilities elsewhere go through the city; Maryland, rail company reach an agreement on the issue

We wrote a couple of month ago about the fact that water treatment facilities in Baltimore no longer use chlorine, but city residents are still exposed to risk because trains carrying the toxic substance to facilities elsewhere go through the city. City officials wanted to change this situation, and now the state of Maryland has succeeded in doing so: CSX Transportation has agreed to give security in the city officials real-time information about hazardous cargo moving through Maryland on freight trains.

The agreement was prompted by a derailment near Camden Yards in November. CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan says the agreement will let security and police officials independently track the location of CSX trains and the contents of rail cars handled by CSX in Maryland.

The memorandum of understanding was signed Thursday by CSX officials and state police Superintendent Terrence Sheridan. Maryland joins three other states taking part in an information-sharing pilot project with CSX.