CSX said that it has completed the first phase of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project in Washington, D.C., to allow double-stacked intermodal trains to travel between Midwest terminals and Atlantic seaports.
The last of 61 clearance projects in the $850 million National Gateway Initiative, the entire project is slated to be finished in mid-2018. Work has begun on the northern tunnel.
“Clearing the National Gateway for double-stack freight creates more efficient, more environmentally friendly routes to move the essential goods that fuel today’s economy,” said Michael J. Ward, CSX chairman and chief executive officer, in a statement. “Thanks to the support of our federal and state partners over the past eight years and the commitment of CSX’s shareholders to invest in the company’s future, the double-stack-cleared National Gateway will allow CSX to better meet the needs of consumers and businesses throughout the eastern U.S. for decades to come.”
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