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5/1/2007



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Virginia rail department needs more time to evaluate 10 proposed sites for 'Heartland' regional intermodal facility



Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) officials had expected to select a site for the Roanoke Region Intermodal Facility by April’s end. But they’ll need several more weeks — and perhaps longer — to evaluate 10 proposed sites.

One city of Salem location is undergoing additional engineering and evaluation to determine if the tract of land is a feasible site for the intermodal facility.

“The remaining nine sites will remain under active consideration while this more detailed information is developed,” DRPT officials said in a prepared statement.

The intermodal terminal is part of the $186 million Heartland Corridor initiative. The high-speed double-stack container line will run between Columbus, Ohio, and the Port of Norfolk, Va. To be completed in 2009, the line would reduce Norfolk Southern Corp.’s double-stack container route between Columbus and Norfolk by 300 miles and foster two-way double-stack service between Chicago, Columbus and Norfolk.

Through DRPT, Virginia is providing $22.4 million toward the $38.4 million cost of work proposed in the commonwealth, such as creating tunnel clearances for double-stack trains and constructing the intermodal terminal.


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