Phase 1 of CSX's National Gateway project has been completed, with the National Gateway coalition launching double-stack intermodal rail service between CSX’s existing terminal in Chambersburg, Pa., and its hub facility in Northwest Ohio.
The National Gateway is an $850 million public-private partnership, funded through a combination of federal and state funds and investment from the Class I railroad. Phase 1 was supported by a $98 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant secured by the state of Ohio in 2010 on behalf of the coalition, and administered by the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration.
“This is great news for our nation’s transportation infrastructure, our customers and the communities we serve, and wouldn’t be possible without the major investment of time and resources by our federal and state partners,” said Michael J. Ward, chairman, president and CEO of CSX, in a written statement. “While this is a significant milestone, our work is not done.”
The National Gateway is now focused on the project’s second phase, which will clear the CSX corridor for double-stack trains between Chambersburg, Pa., and the ports of Baltimore and Virginia.
“The completion of these clearances improves Schneider Intermodal’s customer experience, while also providing more modal conversion opportunities for shippers,” added Jim Filter, senior vice president of intermodal commercial management at Schneider National.