CSX, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Officials Celebrate Midway Point of National
Gateway Phase One Progress
Upgraded Freight Rail Corridor Scheduled for Spring 2013 Completion
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 23, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CSX Corporation Chairman, President
and Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Ward today joined federal, state and
local officials from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to mark the midway point
of progress on the first phase of projects for the National Gateway.
The National Gateway is an $850 million public-private partnership launched in
2008 to alleviate freight bottlenecks in the Midwest that cause delays for
companies and consumers shipping or receiving freight from west coast ports by
creating a double-stack cleared corridor for intermodal rail shipments between
the Midwest and the mid-Atlantic ports. Once completed, the National Gateway
will help provide CSX customers with better access to competitive,
environmentally friendly double-stack intermodal freight rail service.
The celebration took place at Pittsburgh's SouthSide Works, where the $13
million J&L Tunnel project will soon become the latest Phase One project to
increase the vertical clearance on CSX rail lines to accommodate trains
carrying double-stack intermodal containers. Phase One, creating double-stack
rail access between CSX's state-of-the-art intermodal terminal in Northwest
Ohio, and its new modern intermodal terminal in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is
scheduled to be completed by spring 2013, and will enable more freight to move
through the region on the same number of trains.
The J&L Tunnel clearance project, an upgrade to a tunnel built in the 1880s
that runs directly through the SouthSide Works complex, will help alleviate
pressure on regional highways and lower the cost of doing business in the
Pittsburgh region by improving access to intermodal freight shipping options.
The J&L Tunnel upgrade and other National Gateway projects are funded through
contributions by CSX and the federal government, as well as a $35 million
Pennsylvania Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) Grant. The State of Ohio
is also contributing $30 million to this first phase of clearance work.
"We are proud that we have been able to work with our partners in the federal
and state government, communities and the private sector to invest in
strategic transportation infrastructure that will alleviate highway congestion
and enable our customers to better leverage rail, the most environmentally
friendly way to ship goods over land," said Ward.
As one of the nation's largest transportation projects, National Gateway will
create more than 50,000 jobs over a 30-year period, including more than 9,000
jobs for Pennsylvania. When completed in 2015, to coincide with the expansion
of the Panama Canal, which is expected to increase traffic through East Coast
ports, the National Gateway will provide more than $1.6 billion in public
benefits to Pennsylvania in the route's first 30 years of operations by
decreasing fuel consumption, lowering emissions, improving safety, reducing
highway maintenance costs and saving shipping costs.
To learn more about the National Gateway, visit www.nationalgateway.org.
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