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CSX will host an open house on Thursday to answer questions about its proposed intermodal terminal in Crete, Ill.The proposed terminal will be different from other intermodal terminals in the region through its use of the latest freight-handling technology and sustainable design standards, CSX officials said in a meeting notice.CSX plans to model the terminal on environmental standards used for its intermodal terminal in northwest Ohio, which last year was awarded "Gold Level" recognition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for efforts to increase efficiency, lower emissions and conserve resources. The Crete terminal would seek to become a U.S. Green Building Council LEED certified facility. In addition, it would feature site grading to screen sights and sounds; landscaped entrances and perimeters; directional lighting to limit offsite impact; extensive stormwater management; seven zero-emissions electric cranes; eight 6,000-foot processing tracks; two 6,500-foot support tracks; and an annual processing capacity of 500,000 lifts and 2,600 container spaces.The Class I is working with the village of Crete, surrounding communities, Will County and Illinois state officials "to develop a new terminal that enhances economic opportunities in the region and complements the local community," CSX officials said.Thursday's hearing will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (CST) at Crete-Monee High School.
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