Thursday, August 13, 2009

New Intermodal Logistics Terminal for Pennsylvania

Important development in east coast freight plan
Shipping News Feature

USA - Norfolk Southern, the American rail operator, announced yesterday that it will construct a new intermodal terminal in Greencastle, Pennsylvania as part of the railroad's multi-state Crescent Corridor initiative. The aim is to establish a high-speed freight rail route between the Gulf Coast and the Northeast of the US. The $95 million facility will occupy a 200-acre site and is expected to open in late 2011.

“Because of its strategic location to key markets in the Mid-Atlantic region, the new Franklin County terminal is vital to the success of our Crescent Corridor,” said Wick Moorman, Norfolk Southern’s chief executive officer.

Norfolk Southern's Crescent Corridor initiative is a multistate network of infrastructure improvements and other facilities intended to enhance the company’s 2,500-mile rail network that runs from the Gulf Coast and Memphis to Harrisburg, Philadelphia and the New York metropolitan area. The railroad has already begun upgrade projects that will see a substantial increase in the networks speed and capacity.

When the Crescent Corridor initiative is fully implemented, it is anticipated that more than one million truckloads of freight will be absorbed from the highways to the rails annually, saving the U.S. more than 170 million gallons of fuel per year.

The proposed investment in the Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility will create the capacity to handle more than 85,000 containers and trailers annually. Four intermodal trains will serve the terminal daily.