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NS, CSX to break ground on intermodal projects

On Monday, Norfolk Southern Corp. plans to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a $97.5 million intermodal terminal in McCalla, Ala.

NS Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Wick Moorman and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley are scheduled to attend the event.

Slated to open in 2012, the 316-acre Birmingham Intermodal Terminal will be designed to handle about 165,000 containers and trailers annually. The facility is the second of four planned intermodal terminals to be built the next two years as part of NS’ Crescent Corridor, a proposed 2,500-mile intermodal route between the Northeast (New Jersey) and Southeast (Louisiana).

NS had previously scheduled the groundbreaking for April 15, but severe weather postponed the event.

Meanwhile, CSX Corp. plans to hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, too. The Class I expects to kick off construction on a $100 million yard expansion project in Worcester, Mass. Invited attendees include Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray.

CSX plans to relocate its yard operations from Boston’s Beacon Park yards to existing yards in central and western Massachusetts. The expansion project will transform the Worcester yard into a state-of-the-art “green” intermodal terminal and the Class I’s New England hub.

The project, which is part of a private-public partnership between the state and CSX, will enable the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to operate more commuter trains on a line between Worcester and Boston.

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