Norfolk Southern's new Pennsylvania rail-truck terminal speeds freight and
benefits the environment
GREENCASTLE, Pa., Jan. 21, 2013
GREENCASTLE, Pa., Jan. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC)
today opened its third Crescent Corridor intermodal facility, a new $97
million terminal in South Central Pennsylvania that advances the company's
multi-state rail infrastructure initiative connecting the Southeast and the
The Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility, located on 200 acres south
of Greencastle and less than a mile from I-81, will connect Central
Pennsylvania, Western Maryland, and Northern Virginia to domestic and world
markets while creating some 126 jobs at the site. The facility, a
public-private partnership involving $52 million in NS funds and supported by
a $45 million investment by Pennsylvania, is part of railroad's Crescent
Corridor series of projects, a 2,500-mile network of rail and terminals that
helps moderate truck traffic on congested roadways and reduce carbon
"The Crescent Corridor provides tremendous public benefits such as job
creation, reduced long-haul truck traffic, and a cleaner, more efficient way
to move freight," 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 partnerships
are to boosting freight railroad transportation, which provides remarkable
economic and environmental benefits to our country."
"I want a job for every Pennsylvanian who wants one and a transportation
system that helps to build and maintain a strong economy," Gov. Tom Corbett
said. "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 new terminal, with its 670 paved trailer/container parking spots, will be
a major gateway for freight in the Mid-Atlantic. NS projects with this
facility, combined with other NS terminals in the state, as many as 800,000
long-haul trucks in Pennsylvania will be diverted off roadways in the
commonwealth and onto trains by 2020.
"Intermodal terminals like the Franklin County facility are proven centers for
investment, infrastructure improvement, and business growth," said U.S.
Congressman Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee. "I have long supported freight rail because it's
efficient, safe, and environmentally responsible. I have no doubt that this
facility will open a new chapter inPennsylvania's proud railroading history
and create new opportunities for growth inFranklin Countyand beyond."
Pennsylvania has long backed NS' efforts to expand intermodal opportunities in
the commonwealth. In addition to the $45 million for the new Franklin County
facility, Pennsylvania also has provided or pledged a total of $30 million for
expanded operations at NS' Harrisburg and Rutherford intermodal terminals.
Additionally, the commonwealth successfully applied for a $15 million USDOT
TIGER grant to further support the Rutherford expansion project.
"I'm proud to have been in a position to support this project. Freight rail
is perhaps the most cost effective, fuel efficient, and environmentally
sensible mode of freight transportation available to us today," state Sen.
Rich Alloway said. "Investing infreight rail infrastructure projects like
these will encourage job growth, improve our local and national economies, and
provide tremendous environmental benefits."
NS constructed the facility's administration building to meet Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards. The railroad
is incorporating low-emission cranes and hostler tractors as well as the
latest gate and terminal automation in order to maintain air quality and
support truck drivers.
The Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility is the third Crescent
Corridor intermodal terminal NS has opened since mid-2012, with facilities in
Birmingham, Ala., and Memphis, Tenn., having started operations within the
past six months. Construction of a fourth Crescent Corridor-related intermodal
terminal, located in Charlotte, N.C. is underway.
Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation's premier transportation
companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately
20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every
major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient
connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most
extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal
and industrial products.
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