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7/16/2012



Rail News: Intermodal

Norfolk Southern Railway opens Crescent Corridor terminal in Tennessee


On July 1, Norfolk Southern Railway opened the Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility in Rossville, Tenn. — the first new intermodal terminal to become operational along its planned Crescent Corridor.

The $105 million terminal features new gate and terminal automation technology, low-emission cranes and a main administration building built according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, standards. The facility is designed to handle about 327,000 containers and trailers annually. After future expansion work is completed, the terminal will cover more than 400 acres, and feature six loading tracks and 2,200 parking spaces.

NS has shifted domestic and premium intermodal service between Memphis and the Northeast (including Erail, N.J., and Morrisville and Rutherford, Pa.) from the existing Memphis terminal to the Rossville facility.

The Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility is one of four planned terminals along the Crescent Corridor, including facilities under construction in Birmingham, Ala., Charlotte, N.C., and Greencastle, Pa. NS is developing the $2.5 billion, 2,500-mile corridor between major markets in the Northeast and Southeast via a public-private partnership. The initiative calls for constructing and expanding terminals, building passing tracks and double tracks, straightening curves, and adding and improving signal systems between New Jersey and Louisiana.


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