CSX to Build Rail-Truck Intermodal Facility Near Pittsburgh
The State Journal
18 October 2013
By Jim Ross
Businesses in the Northern Panhandle will have the same access to
a double-stack rail-truck transfer facility as those in the
southern part of the state.
CSX Corp. announced Oct. 17 that it will build an intermodal
facility in McKees Rocks, a community near Pittsburgh, to serve
the western part of Pennsylvania. McKees Rocks is about 34 miles
from Weirton and 58 miles from Wheeling.
The proposed site in McKees Rocks would redevelop the former
Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad yard. The project will
generate approximately 360 jobs during construction. Once
operational, the facility will support approximately 40 on-site
jobs, 40 drayage jobs and 100 indirect jobs throughout the region
as a result of improved transportation access and distribution
opportunities for local and regional businesses, according to CSX.
The Pittsburgh Intermodal Facility will utilize CSX's National
Gateway project, an $850 million public-private partnership to
create a highly efficient and environmentally friendly
double-stack cleared rail corridor on the CSX network between the
Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest. In early September, the National
Gateway coalition announced that the first phase of the project
had been cleared, making way for double-stack intermodal rail
service between CSX's intermodal terminal in Chambersburg, Pa.,
and its new hub facility in Northwest Ohio, according to CSX.
CSX expects to complete planning, design, permitting and property
acquisition for the approximately 65-70 acre Pittsburgh Intermodal
Facility in 2014 with the goal of beginning the two-year
construction process in 2015.
Construction has begun on an intermodal facility at the Wayne
County community of Prichard, which is near Huntington. That
facility is part of the Norfolk Southern Heartland Corridor, which
runs from Norfolk, Va., to Chicago.