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West Virginia port authority postpones Heartland Corridor terminal plans


A proposed intermodal terminal on Norfolk Southern Railway’s Heartland Corridor in Prichard, W.Va., is on hold. Last week, the West Virginia Public Port Authority (PPA) announced it’s delaying development of the facility because of the soft economy and a lack of private developer interest in the terminal.

The PPA issued a request for proposals to private developers in April, but only received one proposal by the June 4 deadline.

“Private investment companies are not willing to take risks at this time,” said West Virginia Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox in a prepared statement. “However, we hope to re-advertise for proposals when the national economy stabilizes.”

The proposed terminal would be served by NS between Prichard and Chicago via Columbus, Ohio, for freight flowing from western points. NS also would provide double-stack intermodal service from the facility eastbound to the Virginia Port Authority along the Heartland Corridor.

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