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The Greater Erie Industrial Development Corp. (GEIDC) yesterday announced plans to develop an intermodal facility in Harborcreek Township, Pa.GEIDC and private investor-operators are working with CSX Transportation on design and service plans for the Erie Rail Terminal, which is part of an Erie inland port initiative. Construction is slated to start in fall 2014 and the terminal is scheduled to open in early 2016.The facility would be connected with a CSX mainline that runs between New York and Chicago, and connects to the Class I's Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal in North Baltimore, Ohio."The Erie Rail Terminal is our interchange on that highway, bringing the Erie region's businesses new efficiencies and trade opportunities," said GEIDC President and Chief Executive Officer John Elliott in a press release. "CSX's involvement in the intermodal terminal will help open our region to global markets and have an immediate positive impact on the Erie County region."The project will "help unlock the value of intermodal transportation" for shippers in northwest Pennsylvania, western New York and northeast Ohio, said CSX Vice President of Intermodal Bill Clement, adding that the facility will strengthen transportation infrastructure serving the region.
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