July 5, 2008

CSX National Gateway to Improve Traffic Flow

By Anonymous

CSX Corporation launched the National Gateway, a $700-million public-private infrastructure initiative to create a highly- efficient freight transportation link between the Mid-Atlantic ports and the Midwest. When completed, the National Gateway would provide greater capacity for product shipments in and out of the Midwest, reduce truck traffic on already crowded highways and create thousands of jobs that directly or indirectly support the National Gateway. CSX has already committed $300 million of its own funds to the National Gateway, and will work with several states and the federal government to secure additional funding.

The National Gateway incorporates two primary parts. First, CSX would build or expand several high-capacity intermodal terminals. At the same time, CSX would work together with state and federal government agencies to create double-stack clearances beneath public overpasses along the railroad. Currently many overpasses only accommodate single-stack trains.

The National Gateway was launched at the offices of Pacer International, a CSX customer, in Dublin, Ohio, with Governor Ted Strickland. The governor has pledged to work with state and federal officials to support the initiative, which calls for two new intermodal terminals in Wood County and Columbus at a cost of $130 million to CSX.

The National Gateway will enhance three existing rail corridors that run through Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Those corridors include:

* The 1-70/1-76 Corridor between Washington, D.C. and northwest Ohio via Pittsburgh;

* The 1-95 Corridor between North Carolina and Baltimore via Washington, D.C.; and

* The Carolina Corridor between Wilmington and Charlotte, N.C.

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