Posts Tagged ‘Railroad intermodal terminals’

CN, INRD Continue Cooperative Ventures

June 6, 2017

The Indiana Rail Road and Canadian National continue to work together in moving freight with their latest cooperative venture being construction of a 16,000-foot interchange track in Newton, Illinois, to interchange intermodal and other freight.

The lines of both railroads run parallel west of Newton for three miles. Newton is the eastern terminus of CN’s Effingham District while it is the western end of the INRD line from Indianapolis.

Both rail lines were formerly owned by the Illinois Central.

Before expanding the siding, the only place for the two railroads to interchange freight was a 2,600-foot siding, which has become inadequate due to an increase in intermodal and carload traffic shared by the two railroads.

The expanded siding is also expected to be used by coal and grain traffic as well.

Since launching their joint intermodal service in July 2013, the “direct-to-Indianapolis” intermodal traffic has grown an average of 44 percent a year.

Container moves have grown from 12,500 in 2014 to 17,200 in 2015 to 26,100 units in 2016.

INRD is expanding its Indianapolis intermodal terminal located just south of downtown.

Major improvements at Canadian west coast ports are expected to drive more intermodal traffic growth to Indianapolis.

The Port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and the Vancouver Deltaport are currently being expanded.

Prince Rupert is the closest port to Asia and is 2.5  days sailing time closer than Los Angeles. Vancouver is 24 hours closer and is the fourth-largest port in North America.

The average transit time from major Asian ports to Indianapolis is 22 days via Prince Rupert and 24.5 days via Vancouver.


CSX Eyes Building Chicago Intermodal Terminal

February 1, 2017

CSX is planning an intermodal facility near Chicago along the joint line that it uses with Union Pacific.

CSX logo 1The site is on the former Chicago & Eastern Illinois route in Crete, Illinois, 33 miles south of Chicago.

Although CSX has not announced plans for the 1,100 acre site, speculation on public forums has already triggered NIMBY opposition amid support from public officials.

Some residents have objected to the likelihood of CSX building an overpass for Crete-Monee Road.

Opponents appeared at a public hearing last month and signs opposing the intermodal site have sprung up along roads in the largely rural area.

The intermodal site, though, would be within the village of Crete.

“There is substantial support among local, state, and regional officials for the (Crete) concept,” said CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle. “Locating a facility there would enhance the region’s ability to manage the growing volume of intermodal freight moving to and from the Chicago region.”

The area where the intermodal site would be built has seen growth in warehouses and distribution businesses in recent years.

The village has rezoned the property for intermodal terminal use. CSX purchased the land in June 2016.

If CSX develops the intermodal facility it would part of its Southeastern Corridor and become the first Chicago area intermodal facility tied directly to the port of Miami, which is a gateway to Latin American.

CSX About to Begin Building Pittsburgh Terminal

October 8, 2015

CSX is about to begin construction of a $60 million intermodal terminal in Pittsburgh.

The 70-acre Pittsburgh Intermodal Rail Terminal is being developed in a former Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad yard in McKees Rocks and Stowe Township.

“After many months of hard work from dozens of experts and partners working to strengthen transportation options and the area economy, the first phase of project development is complete, including planning, design, permitting and property acquisition,” said CSX President Clarence Gooden in a statement.

The railroad two years ago announced its plans to develop the facility, which is expected to serve western Pennsylvania.

Public Opposition KOs Erie Intermodal Plan

June 12, 2014

Public opposition to the site of a proposed intermodal rail terminal near Erie, Pa., has killed the project for now.

The Greater Erie Industrial Development Corp. and DevelopErie’s Joint Finance Committee have decided not to fund the $60 million project, which had been seen as a major component of the larger Inland Port initiative.

The decision made last month came following hundreds of public comments. Officials said they concluded that although many supported development of the rail terminal, they didn’t want to see it built in Harborcreek Township alongside the CSX’s mainline between Cleveland and Buffalo, N.Y.

“With the negative feedback regarding the Harborcreek location, businesses are hesitant to provide vocal public support and prospective investors are standing still,” the board said in a statement.

“We are not going to force this project on anyone,” said John Elliott, executive director of DevelopErie. “No one has the appetite for that.”

Plans to development the rail terminal on a 30-acre site near Walbridge Road were announced last November.

Public meetings held since then drew criticism and concerns about traffic, noise and the inconvenience the project would bring.

The future of the proposed rail terminal remains in doubt, although officials hinted that they might try to develop it at another location in Erie County.

Barbara Chaffee, chief executive of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, called for the project or a similar one to be built on another site.

“We, the Chamber, believe there was merit for economic development for the region to have an inland rail terminal,” she said. “We think it’s critical to move forward with multiple intermodal initiatives.”

Harborcreek Township Supervisor Dean Pepicello, though, welcomed the news.

“We appreciate the DevelopErie team and (GEIDC) board of directors’ decision to remove the Harborcreek site from consideration,” Pepicello said. “It is clear that this project would have had substantial negative consequences for Erie County’s third largest municipality, and that there are much more appropriate sites in Erie County for the proposed terminal.”

The proposed rail terminal had been part the larger Erie Inland Port project, which involves the ports of Erie and Conneaut, Ohio, as well as large business parks featuring railroad and highway connections to handle the distribution, transportation and warehousing of goods.

Officials expect other components of the Inland Port plan to continue, including developing intermodal facilities intermodal facilities in western Erie County and a proposed $32 million import-export facility on the city of Erie’s east bayfront.

Although building the rail intermodal terminal on another location had been suggested, Elliott said developing the project at another location would cost additional dollars, carry its own set of risks and might not have won public support either.

Elliott said a study had validated the project, but it made no sense to continue it without public support.

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper was disappointed to learn that the rail terminal project has been shelved, although she called it a prudent decision given the public opposition that had prompted investors to pull back.

“Unless businesses and the public say they want this to happen in Erie County, there’s not going to be that investment,” Dahlkemper said.

Dahlkemper said Develop Erie could have done a better job, initially, explaining the project to the public and local officials. She believes that contributed to the “misunderstanding, misinformation and some of the angst” the rail project generated.

“I’m very disappointed,” Dahlkemper said. “I think a rail terminal like this, not necessarily in Harborcreek but somewhere in Erie County, would be very beneficial to our economy.”

William Petit, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s district executive in northwestern Pennsylvania, said projects like the proposed Erie intermodal terminal need significant planning and”a good public dialogue” in order to be successful.

Petit said that having public discussions about the project sooner than they were conducted might have made a difference.

“But at the end of the day it’s going to take a coalition of public and private-sector people, believing it’s important to a region, for a project like this to be successful,” he said.

Elliott also said that the Erie area’s aversion to risk came into play.

“The environment in Erie is not one that celebrates the risk involved,” he said. “We are very quick to trumpet the failures when someone does take a risk.”

Meeting Set to Discuss Erie Container Facility

March 27, 2014

A public meeting has been set for April 3 in Erie, Pa., to discuss a planned intermodal container transfer facility that will be built in northwest Pennsylvania.

DevelopErie and EIP Intermodal Rail Terminal L.L.C. are planing to build the facility in Harborcreek Township along the CSX mainline between Cleveland and Buffalo, N.Y.

The facility will have five miles of track, and truck parking and loading areas. Construction is tentatively scheduled to start in the fall with an earlly 2016 opening. DevelopErie and EIP officials will review the project’s history, discuss the site selection parameters, describe the environmental clearance process, identify the scope of traffic studies, outline future public involvement opportunities and gather public comments.

“We recognize the level of public interest in this important project and we’re eager to share the latest information related to its development,” said EIP President Steve Rubin in a news release.

A traffic study was begun earlier this year by the consulting firm of EMH&T and Urban Engineers. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will review the study when it’s completion.

“We still have more steps to take in order to obtain environmental clearance and complete the associated traffic studies, but we are committed to see these studies through to ensure impacts to the environment and the community are minimized,” said Katrina Smith, DevelopErie’s senior vice president.