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Wrap-up of news stories taken from the day's local headlines.

$4B Amtrak tunnel replacement project in Baltimore has begun

Photo credit: Gov. Larry Hogan

BALTIMORE (AP) — Replacing Amtrak’s Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel will take a least a decade or more to complete. But the $4 billion rail project has officially begun.

And officials say it will eliminate the biggest passenger rail bottleneck between Washington and New Jersey.

The Baltimore Sun reports that officials kicked off the project’s official start at an event on Friday that included the great-great-granddaughter of Frederick Douglass.

The tunnel will be renamed after the famed abolitionist.

Douglass had escaped the bonds of slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and eventually boarded a New York-bound train from Baltimore in 1838.

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