CSX Trains Using New Washington Tunnel

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.

CSX logo 1The first train used the new southern tunnel on Dec. 23 en route from North Baltimore, Ohio, to Portsmouth, Virginia.

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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