June 11, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) CEO Wick Moorman and U.S. Rep.
joined federal, state, and local officials today to officially dedicate the Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility.
terminal, located on 200 acres south of
and less than a mile from Interstate 81, connects
to domestic and world markets while creating 126 jobs at the site. The facility, a public-private partnership involving
in NS funds and supported by a
, is part of NS' 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.
"This terminal represents a milestone for Norfolk Southern and
," Moorman said. "It is creating jobs here in
, positioning Norfolk Southern as the green transportation choice, and serving the region's freight transportation needs. This important endeavor would not be possible without the dedicated support of people in
, and here in
The terminal, with its 670 paved trailer/container parking spots, will be a major gateway for freight in the Mid-Atlantic. NS projects that the new facility, in combination with other NS intermodal terminals in the state, will help divert hundreds of thousands of long-haul trucks off roadways in
and onto trains.
"This intermodal terminal is a huge investment in
future," said Shuster, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. "These facilities are proven centers of business growth, and I am sure it will create many opportunities for
and the region. I have long supported freight rail because of its efficiency and see this terminal as a vital infrastructure improvement."
"This facility is a prime example of how government and private industry can partner to create jobs and improve communities," Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary
Barry J. Schoch
said. "Maintaining a multi-modal transportation system is essential to keeping people and our economy moving, and connecting
to the global marketplace."
, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corporation, pointed to the economic benefits the facility has already triggered. "The opening of this terminal stands to have a transformative impact on the quad-state economy because it puts the region on the radar screen of site location professionals across the country," Ross said. "Since the facility opened, more than two million square feet of new construction has commenced in
, that when completed will lead to more than 1,000 new jobs."
NS constructed the facility's administration building to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards. The railroad is incorporating terminal automation in order to maintain air quality and support truck drivers.