Norfolk Southern Open Intermodal Facility in Pennsylvania
Norfolk Southern has opened its third Crescent Corridor intermodal facility situated in South Central Pennsylvania.
The $97 million terminal advances the companys multi-state rail infrastructure initiative that connects the Southeast with the Northeast.
Located 200 acres south of Greencastle and less than a mile from l-81, The Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility will link Central Pennsylvania, Western Maryland and Northern Virginia to both domestic and world markets.
The public-private partnership will create 126 jobs at the site and involves $52 million in NS funds as well as being supported by a $45 million investment by Pennsylvania. The facility is part of railroads Crescent Corridor series of projects, which is a 2,500 mile network of both rail and network terminals that assist in easing the pressure from truck traffic using congested roadways, as well as helping with the carbon footprint by reducing emissions.
Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman said: Opening the Franklin County Facility marks a major milestone in this effort.
We thank those who have supported our initiatives in Pennsylvania and across our entire Crescent Corridor, folks who recognize how crucial public-private are to boosting freight railroad transportation, which provides remarkable economic and environmental benefits to our country.
Wick added: I want a job for every Pennsylvanian who wants one and a transportation system that helps to build and maintain a strong economy.
Public-private partnerships are critical to the advancement of projects like this terminal that will strengthen our infrastructure and create jobs for Pennsylvanians.
Jobs and prosperity, after all, are what these projects are all about.
The terminal aims to become a major new gateway for freight in the Mid-Atlantic and is set to have 670 paved trailer/container parking spots. When the NS projects in this facility are combined with other NS terminals in Pennsylvania, there could be up to 800,000 long haul trucks in Pennsylvania that will be taken from the roadways and passed onto trains by 2020.
U.S. Congressman Bill Shuster said: I have long supported freight rail because its efficient, safe and environmentally responsible.
I have no doubt that this facility will open a new chapter in Pennsylvanias proud railroading history and create new opportunities for growth in Franklin County and beyond.
Norfolk Southern Corporation acts as one of the premier transportation companies in the USA, with its subsidiary operating 20,000 route miles spanning 22 states and the District of Columbia. It also serves every major container port in the eastern United States and delivers efficient connections to other rail carriers.
The company has constructed the administration building in the new terminal to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards.
The railroad will also bring in low-emission cranes and hostler tractors as well as the latest gate and terminal automation in a campaign that goes forward to maintain air quality and support truck drivers.