West Virginia Intermodal Terminal Faces End of Line

The Heartland Intermodal Gateway terminal in West Virginia may close if it can’t find a buyer.

Opened in 2015 at a cost of $32 million, it is the only intermodal terminal in the state.

The terminal’s operator, the West Virginia Port Authority, is seeking a short-term lease of the 100-acre facility with the idea of selling it at auction.

Norfolk Southern, which serves the terminal, has said it will end container service there in October.

NS had said it would not continue to serve the facility unless it generated 15,000 containers per year. In May it handed 68 containers.

The terminal is located along the NS Heartland Corridor between Chicago and the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.

State funding for the terminal is set to expire in mid August. State officials have said the terminal is losing $500,000 annually.

State officials have said negotiations are underway with two firms to either buy or operate the terminal. However, they also said once NS ceases to provide service later this year use of the facility for intermodal traffic is unlikely for a long time.

The primary user of the terminal is Toyota Motor Company.

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