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12/4/2006



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Virginia rail agency puts out call for public feedback on proposed intermodal terminal sites



The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is seeking public feedback on proposed sites for a regional intermodal facility in Roanoke. Agency officials will conduct a meeting Dec. 13 to discuss the project and accept written comments on the proposed locations until Jan. 16.

The terminal is part of the $186 million Heartland Corridor, a proposed high-speed double-stack container line between Columbus, Ohio, and the Port of Norfolk, Va. The line would reduce Norfolk Southern Corp.’s double-stack container route between Columbus and Norfolk by 300 miles and foster two-way double-stack service between Chicago, Columbus and Norfolk. Construction is expected to begin soon and conclude in 2009.

Through DRPT, Virginia is providing $22.4 million toward the $38.4 million cost of work proposed in the commonwealth, such as creating tunnel clearances for double-stack trains and constructing the intermodal facility. The federal government and NS will provide $5 million and $11 million, respectively.


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