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Released: Nov 18, 2008
Jacksonville, Fla. - November 18, 2008 - CSX Intermodal President, Jim Hertwig, urges more cooperation between public and private sectors to quickly address emerging trends in global trade and the critical need for expanded transportation and distribution infrastructure.
"Intermodal transportation combines the efficiency of rail with the flexibility of trucks," said Hertwig. "As our nation faces combined pressures from an increasingly globalized economy and deteriorating transportation infrastructure, it is critical that we work together to bolster this pillar of our national economy. CSX remains committed to investing in our nation's freight rail and intermodal network."
In 2009, CSX will begin construction of an intermodal facility at North Baltimore in northwest Ohio. This facility will streamline operations in Chicago and improve overall customer service. Last year, the company opened a new intermodal terminal at Chambersburg, Pa., and continues work to expand facilities in major markets such as Charlotte, North Carolina.
The new intermodal facility in northwest Ohio is a key element of the National Gateway, a public-private partnership seeking to create a more efficient rail route between Mid-Atlantic ports and the Midwest through use of double-stack trains. By hauling more freight on fewer trains, the National Gateway would reduce congestion on the nation's crowded highways and improve rail fluidity.
"Customers, policymakers and the public are realizing the environmental and economic benefits of freight rail," said Lisa Mancini, vice president, strategic infrastructure initiatives for CSX Transportation. "CSX invests heavily in our network and is actively exploring public-private partnerships, such as the National Gateway, that will deliver impressive public benefits in years to come."
By converting over two billion highway miles to rail, the National Gateway will reduce transportation emissions by an estimated four million tons, save over $2 billion in shipping costs and reduce fuel consumption by nearly 500 million gallons.
Both Hertwig and Mancini participated in expert panels at IANA's (Intermodal Association of North America) Intermodal Expo. The three-day event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, covers business and efficiency enhancing transportation solutions with a primary focus on intermodal's role in a balanced transportation future.
CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation's leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company's transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles, with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at the company's web site, www.csx.com.