Foxx Visits Columbus NS Intermodal Facility

Federal Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx visited a intermodal facility in Columbus this week as part of his Invest in America, Commit to the Future bus tour.

The stop at the Rickenbacker Intermodal Facility was part of a five-day tour through eight states during which Foxx visited bridges, freight facilities and highway projects in an effort to raise awareness about the nation’s transportation infrastructure needs.

The facility is located on Norfolk Southern and can handle 250,000 containers annually. In a news release, Foxx noted that the number of containers that go through the facility may increase to 400,000 in coming years.

Foxx also viewed construction of the $29.8 million Pickaway County Connector that will link U.S. 23 with the intermodal facility.

Construction on the connector’s first phase began in late 2012 and is expected to be completed this year. That project received a $16 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant in 2012.

“This increased capacity is especially important as the U.S. is expected to move an additional 14 billion tons of freight by 2050,” Fox said in a statement. “By making it easier for trucks to avoid stopping at the area’s major railroad crossings to wait for trains to pass, the new connector will cut delivery times and costs dramatically and, by reducing emissions from idling engines, will also enhance the region’s air quality.”

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