Jan. 21, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) today opened its third
intermodal facility, a new
South Central Pennsylvania
that advances the company's multi-state rail infrastructure initiative connecting the Southeast and the Northeast.
Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility
, located on 200 acres south of
and less than a mile from I-81, will connect
to domestic and world markets while creating some 126 jobs at the site. The facility, a public-private partnership involving
in NS funds and supported by a
, is part of railroad's Crescent Corridor series of projects, a 2,500-mile network of rail and terminals that helps moderate truck traffic on congested roadways and reduce carbon emissions.
"The Crescent Corridor provides tremendous public benefits such as job creation, reduced long-haul truck traffic, and a cleaner, more efficient way to move freight," Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman said. "Opening the
facility marks a major milestone in this effort. We thank those who have supported our initiatives in
and across our entire Crescent Corridor, folks who recognize how crucial public-private partnerships are to boosting freight railroad transportation, which provides remarkable economic and environmental benefits to our country."
"I want a job for every Pennsylvanian who wants one and a transportation system that helps to build and maintain a strong economy," Gov.
said. "Public-private partnerships are critical to the advancement of projects like this terminal that will strengthen our infrastructure and create jobs for Pennsylvanians. Jobs and prosperity, after all, are what these projects are all about."
The new terminal, with its 670 paved trailer/container parking spots, will be a major gateway for freight in the Mid-Atlantic. NS projects with this facility, combined with other NS terminals in the state, as many as 800,000 long-haul trucks in
will be diverted off roadways in the commonwealth and onto trains by 2020.
"Intermodal terminals like the
facility are proven centers for investment, infrastructure improvement, and business growth," said U.S. Congressman
, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. "I have long supported freight rail because it's efficient, safe, and environmentally responsible. I have no doubt that this facility will open a new chapter in Pennsylvania's proud railroading history and create new opportunities for growth in Franklin County and beyond."
has long backed NS' efforts to expand intermodal opportunities in the commonwealth. In addition to the
for the new
also has provided or pledged a total of
for expanded operations at NS'
and Rutherford intermodal terminals. Additionally, the commonwealth successfully applied for a
USDOT TIGER grant to further support the Rutherford expansion project.
"I'm proud to have been in a position to support this project. Freight rail is perhaps the most cost effective, fuel efficient, and environmentally sensible mode of freight transportation available to us today," state Sen.
said. "Investing in freight rail infrastructure projects like these will encourage job growth, improve our local and national economies, and provide tremendous environmental benefits."
NS constructed the facility's administration building to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards. The railroad is incorporating low-emission cranes and hostler tractors as well as the latest gate and terminal automation in order to maintain air quality and support truck drivers.