A $12.5 million project to build a second connection between the Cleveland District and Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern near Vermilion is expected to be completed next year.
Once the connection begins operations, NS traffic through Lorain, Bay Village and Lakewood is expected to double.
In particular trains bound for the NS route to Buffalo, New York, are expected to take the connection, including a pair of intermodal trains, the 205/206 and 22K/23K.
Currently, these trains operate via Berea and Rockport Yard, reaching the former Nickel Plate Road mainline on the Cloggsville Connection.
NS is funding the connection with its own money.