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UP's container transfer facility expansion remains under review; NS' new Pennsylvania terminal gets under way


On Oct. 26, the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility-Joint Powers Authority (ICTF-JPA) will hold a public meeting in Long Beach, Calif., to review progress on the preparation of an environmental impact report for a proposed expansion of the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) in Long Beach.

Operated by Union Pacific Railroad, the 148-acre ICTF handles intermodal cargo moving through the ports of Long Beach and of Los Angeles. UP plans to modernize and expand the facility, doubling annual throughput capacity from 725,000 containers to 1.5 million. The project calls for building tracks and a new gate facility, improving the existing gate facilities and incorporating a number of environmentally friendly features, such as electric overhead cranes, cleaner hostling tractors and ultra-low-emission locomotives.

A public entity formed in 1983 to oversee the development and operation of the ICTF, the ICTF-JPA is administered by a governing board that operates independently from the cities of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Norfolk Southern Railway broke ground yesterday on a $95 million intermodal facility in Greencastle, Pa.

Slated to open in 2012, the Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility is designed to handle more than 85,000 containers and trailers annually. The terminal will feature the latest gate and terminal automation technology to shorten trucks’ waiting time when entering the terminal and reduce exhaust emissions, according to NS. Four intermodal trains will serve the facility daily.

The terminal is the first of four new intermodal facilities NS plans to build during the next two years along the Crescent Corridor, a 2,500-mile intermodal route the Class I is working to establish between New Jersey and Louisiana.

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