Norfolk Southern to break ground on Antrim Township intermodal facility next week

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Norfolk Southern's CEO Wick Moorman will be joined by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Administrator Karen Rae, Rep. Bill Shuster and other state and local dignitaries to officially break ground on the new Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility in Greencastle at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. The ceremonial first shovel will take place at 845 Milnor Road.

The $95 million facility, part of the railroad's multi-state Crescent Corridor initiative to establish an efficient, high-capacity intermodal freight rail route between the Gulf Coast and the Northeast, will occupy a 200-acre site adjacent to the planned Antrim Commons Business Park and is expected to open in 2012. The groundbreaking is the first of four new Crescent Corridor intermodal terminals Norfolk Southern plans to construct over the next two years.

The Crescent Corridor is a program of improvements to infrastructure and other facilities geared toward creating a 2,500 mile intermodal route spanning from New Jersey to Louisiana that touches 26 percent of the nation's population and 30 percent of the nation's manufacturing output. It provides the shortest intermodal double stack route between the South and the Northeast. When fully operational it will handle more rail freight traffic faster and more reliably, creating or benefiting more than 70,000 green jobs by 2030 and producing these estimated annual benefits:

•    1.3 million long-haul trucks diverted from interstates

•    $141 million in accident avoidance savings

•    1.8 million tons in CO2 reduction

•    $565 million in congestion savings

•    $262 million in highway maintenance savings

•    163 million gallons in fuel savings