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CSX to expand Ohio terminal for National Gateway initiative


Earlier this year, CSX Corp. opened the cornerstone of its proposed National Gateway intermodal corridor between Mid-Atlantic ports and Midwestern markets: the $175 million Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal in North Baltimore, Ohio. Now, another key part of the gateway plan is under way in the Buckeye State.

Yesterday, CSX announced a $59 million expansion of its Columbus intermodal terminal is under way. The project includes a redesign of the site footprint; installation and realignment of tracks; reconfiguration of inbound and outbound truck gates; more onsite parking; and the addition of three electric wide-span cranes, which are designed to operate without emitting air pollutants and regenerate power back to a terminal grid or electric utility.

The expansion is expected to create more than 400 construction jobs, according to CSX. The expanded terminal “will ready the region with the capacity needed for anticipated growth in business, and continue to enhance the economical and environmentally friendly rail intermodal service offered to customers,” CSX officials said in a prepared statement.

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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