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NS begins to build new Charlotte intermodal terminal


Yesterday, Norfolk Southern Corp. broke ground on the $92 million Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.

The facility, which is designed to handle 200,000 lifts per year, will replace NS’ existing 40-acre intermodal facility in downtown Charlotte, which can’t be expanded. To be built between two runways, the 200-acre terminal will handle anticipated intermodal traffic growth, NS officials said in a prepared statement. The terminal is slated for completion in late 2013.

"Charlotte is a key hub on the Norfolk Southern intermodal system and on our Crescent Corridor, a new rail intermodal network under development stretching from New Jersey to Memphis and New Orleans," said NS Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Wick Moorman. “We are hopeful that we can partner with the city and with the U.S. Department of Transportation to expand this project."

The terminal will be partially funded by $15.7 million in federal funds and some support from the state of North Carolina. The Federal Highway Administration, U.S. and North Carolina DOTs, and city of Charlotte helped plan the terminal.

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