CSX plans intermodal terminal
Railroad giant CSX Corp. plans to build an intermodal terminal and make numerous rail corridor improvements in Western Pennsylvania to carry additional freight -- moves it says could mean hundreds of new jobs.
The regional improvements are part of the Jacksonville, Fla.-based railroad's National Gateway project, which includes major renovations along three corridors, including the Interstate 76/Interstate 70 corridor from Washington, D.C., through Western Pennsylvania and into Northwest Ohio.
The other corridors run along Interstate 95 between North Carolina and Baltimore via Washington, and between Wilmington, N.C., and Charlotte.
The company didn't give job projections or say where the intermodal terminal would be built, and spokesman Bob Sullivan could not be reached for comment.
An intermodal terminal allows freight to be easily transferred between trucks and rail cars. Norfolk Southern Corp. operates one in Pitcairn. Canadian National Railway, Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway and Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad operate one in East Huntingdon, Westmoreland County.
"The nation is becoming more and more aware of the tremendous safety, economic and environmental benefits that railroads create," said CSX Chairman and CEO Michael J. Ward. "Our trains can carry a ton of freight 423 miles on a single gallon of diesel fuel, and one train can carry the load of more than 280 trucks."
CSX already has a major rail presence in Pennsylvania, operating and maintaining 1,100 miles of track, annually handling 160,000 carloads of freight and employing more than 1,000 residents.
Major rail yards are located in McKeesport, Connellsville and New Castle, , with repair shops in Connellsville, Pittsburgh and New Castle, and rail-to-truck transloading facilities in Pittsburgh and Butler.
CSX has set aside $300 million for the National Gateway project and is looking to develop partnerships with states and the federal government to garner additional funding.
"We are aware of the CSX project, we've had some very preliminary discussions, but no decisions have been made," said state Department of Transportation spokesman Rich Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick added he believes CSX is looking for about $35 million from the state.
The National Gateway project is designed to create what CSX calls "a highly efficient freight transportation link between the Mid-Atlantic ports and the Midwest."
The rail giant would construct or expand several intermodal terminals and would work with state and federal governments to create double-stack clearances beneath overpasses along the rail corridors.
Double-stacking allows CSX to carry roughly twice the number of cargo boxes. Many overpasses only allow clearance for a single box.
The U.S. Department of Transportation forecasts that by 2020, overall freight tonnage hauled in America will grow by 70 percent from 1998 levels.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pirates’ Burnett endures another poor start in blowout loss to Reds
- Steelers stress improved conditioning in attempt to play past injuries
- Memories of Steelers fan from Beaver Falls go beyond simple recall
- Pirates bolster bullpen by trading for former closer Soria
- Steelers’ reserve quarterbacks vie to secure spot behind Roethlisberger, Gradkowski
- Pirates notebook: Blanton introduced; Worley designated for assignment
- Music on way to Westmoreland’s Twin Lakes Park
- Police: Escaped Armstrong County inmate armed, dangerous homicide suspect
- Derry man gets 19-year prison sentence for recording sex assaults of girl
- Traded after Stanley Cup, Saad not alone in being dealt after title
- Girl, 10, forced to strip in Sewickley Township home invasion