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Brookhaven Rail Terminal, US Rail launch construction on Long Island facility


Today, Brookhaven Rail Terminal and US Rail Corp. will hold a groundbreaking ceremony in Yaphank, N.Y., for Long Island’s first private intermodal freight-rail facility. The more than $26 million terminal is being developed through a joint venture between Landbridge Intermodal, D.A. Collins Cos., Pratt Brothers Construction, Watral & Sons and US Rail.

The partners established Brookhaven Rail Terminal to create a freight-rail facility for construction aggregates and building materials offering transloading, logistics, equipment and transportation services. The company selected US Rail — which operates two short lines in Ohio and one in Indiana — to contract and operate the  terminal. The facility will be built on a 28-acre site within the Brookhaven Empire Zone.

A Long Island Transportation Plan 2000 study shows there is a “significant market” for freight rail in central Long Island, according to Brookhaven Rail Terminal and US Rail officials.

“This facility will benefit the environment and our air quality by taking thousands of trucks off our roads and bridges, as well as reduce the cost of  doing business because rail freight is approximately half the cost of truck,” they said in a ceremony announcement.

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