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8/30/2007



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Indiana short line would serve proposed intermodal ramp, logistics park



Freight transportation service provider Transpoint L.L.C. recently announced plans to develop a 300-acre intermodal ramp and logistics park in Fort Wayne, Ind., adjacent to track operated by a RailAmerica Inc. short line.

The intermodal ramp could be operational by year’s end or in early 2008 pending Transpoint’s purchase of land from the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission. To be served by the Chicago, Fort Wayne & Eastern Railroad (CFER), the ramp would provide rail/truck transfers for containers moving to and from Chicago, eastern Indiana, southern Michigan and western Ohio.

“The ramp and park will speed shipments … by avoiding the congestion and delays often associated with container traffic in the Chicago area,” Transpoint officials said in a prepared statement.

The proposed logistics park also would include distribution centers, warehouses and truck terminals. Transpoint expects to negotiate a land deal with the redevelopment commission within the next two months.

RailAmerica launched CFER in 2004 after leasing a 276-mile line between Tolleston, Ind., and Crestline, Ohio, from CSX Transportation.


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