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CSX opens National Gateway terminal in Ohio


CSX Corp. recently launched operations at its new Northwest Ohio Terminal, which serves as the cornerstone of the National Gateway, a double-stack intermodal corridor designed to connect East Coast ports and Midwest markets.

During the next several months, CSX will gradually transition shipments through the new terminal located near North Baltimore, Ohio. After all the transitions are complete, the facility is expected to handle about 2 million containers annually.

The terminal features “ultra-efficient” cranes designed to lower emissions, optical scanners that can reduce truck idle times, and automated car tracking technologies and remote switches, according to a prepared statement.

“This is a major milestone for the National Gateway,” said CSX Transportation Vice President of Intermodal Bill Clement. “As we bring the Northwest Ohio Terminal facility up to full operational capacity, customers will enjoy faster and more reliable intermodal service.”

The $842 million National Gateway calls for establishing a double-stack corridor by upgrading three rail corridors running through six states and the District of Columbia, and building and expanding intermodal terminals. The public-private partnership initiative is designed to shorten transit times and expand shippers’ access to rail services, as well as reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and fuel usage.

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