Norfolk Southern (NS) has opened a new $97m rail-truck terminal in Greencastle, South Central Pennsylvania, US, marking the company’s third Crescent Corridor intermodal facility.
The new 200-acre Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility will link central Pennsylvania, western Maryland and northern Virginia to domestic and world markets.
NS has invested $52m in the public-private partnership (PPP) project, while the remaining $45m came from the state of Pennsylvania.
The new facility is part of the company’s multi-state rail infrastructure investment plan to connect the south-east and the north-east regions of the US.
The intermodal facility forms part of the Crescent Corridor, a 2,500-mile network of rail and terminals that will help reduce freight traffic on congested roadways.
Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman said: "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."
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said: "Public-private partnerships are critical to the advancement of projects like this terminal that will strengthen our infrastructure and create jobs for Pennsylvanians."
The new facility, combined with other NS terminals in the state, is expected to divert around 800,000 long-haul trucks in Pennsylvania off roadways in the commonwealth and on to trains by 2020.
Apart from investing in the new Franklin County facility, Pennsylvania has also pledged around $30m to expand operations at NS’s Harrisburg and Rutherford intermodal terminals.
Pennsylvania has successfully applied for a $15m TIGER grant from the US Department of Transportation to support the Rutherford expansion project.
Image: NS’s new rail-truck terminal will link central Pennsylvania, western Maryland and northern Virginia to domestic and world markets. Photo: courtesy of Norfolk Southern.