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CSX's National Gateway garners additional backers


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Conservation Fund and Ohio Environmental Council recently announced support for CSX Corp.’s National Gateway double-stack intermodal route. The $850 million project, which will be funded through a public-private-partnership, now has drawn backing from more than 100 organizations.

To be established between Mid-Atlantic ports and Midwestern markets, the National Gateway calls for raising bridges, increasing tunnel clearances and building new terminals along existing corridors. The route is projected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20 million tons, save about 2 billion gallons of fuel and decrease highway truck traffic by more than 14 billion miles.

“Every ton of freight moved by rail instead of by truck means more energy savings, less greenhouse gases and other emissions, and more jobs and investment in Ohio and the Midwest,” said Ohio Environmental Council Deputy Director Jack Shaner in a prepared statement.

For more information on the National Gateway, follow this link to a cover story (“Double Down”) that appeared in Progressive Railroading’s January issue.