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The Carolina Connector (CCX) intermodal terminal has officially opened for business northeast of Raleigh, North Carolina.
The facility, which is considered one of the most technologically advanced facilities on the CSX network, will help relieve port and highway congestion by adding rail-to-truck transfer capacity for domestic and international container shipments, CSX officials said in a press release.
Located on 330 acres near Rocky Mount, North Carolina on a CSX mainline, CCX features three wide-span, zero-emission electric cranes with a lift capacity of 110,000 containers per year. Most of the container handling will be fully automated with operators controlling the initial lift and final placement from inside the terminal building.
In addition to its remotely operated electric cranes, CCX maximizes safe and efficient truck movement through the facility with CSX’s XGate technology that automates the in-gate process, streamlines traffic flows and automatically inspects loads leaving the facility, CSX officials said.
At a grand opening ceremony held yesterday, representatives of CSX and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), which shared construction costs, hailed the terminal opening as a positive development for both the regional economy and the nation's supply chain.
"Millions of people live within 120 miles of this terminal," said NCDOT Secretary Eric Boyette. "The Carolina Connector will spur business development, divert thousands of trucks off highways and provide much needed jobs in this fast-growing region."