NS to Create Second Stack Route in Pittsburgh

Norfolk Southern plans to use a grant from the Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission to create a second route through Pittsburgh for double-stacked container trains.

The railroad sought the funding after a landslide on Mount Washington last June adversely affected traffic between Cleveland and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for 11 days.

The grant will fund $22.7 million of the $28.6-million project, which will involve 14 bridges. Many of those bridges were already in need of renovation. Crews will lower tracks or raise roadways to create additional clearances for stack trains.

The route to be upgraded involves the Fort Wayne Line and Pittsburgh Line, which cross the Allegheny River north of its confluence with the Monongahela River and travels through Pittsburgh, Swissvale, and Braddock, Pennsylvania.

Currently, stack trains must take the Mon Line, which bypasses downtown Pittsburgh.

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