GREENCASTLE PA – Norfolk Southern Corp., the rail carrier whose tracks cross the southern widths of Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick townships and Pottstown borough, on Monday (Jan. 21, 2013) opened a new $97 million terminal in South Central Pennsylvania that it said contributes to a nationwide effort to create “a cleaner, more efficient way to move freight.”
Norfolk Southern’s third Crescent Corridor intermodal facility, located on 200 acres south of Greencastle and less than a mile from I-81, connects Central Pennsylvania, Western Maryland, and Northern Virginia to domestic and world markets, the company said.
The facility represents the latest portion of a public-private partnership involving $52 million in corporate funds and $45 million invested by Pennsylvania to build a 2,500-mile network of rail and terminals that helps moderate truck traffic on congested roadways and reduces carbon emissions. Opening the facility alone created about 126 jobs, it added.
The new terminal, with its 670 paved trailer and container parking spots, is expected to become a major gateway for freight in the Mid-Atlantic. Norfolk projects that, with Greencastle and other terminals in the state, as many as 800,000 long-haul trucks in Pennsylvania will be diverted off roadways in the Commonwealth and onto trains by 2020.
That system includes its bulk transfer facility completed during 2011 off South Keim Street in Pottstown. That location can accommodate 53 rail cars and is designed for both liquid and dry bulk products, aggregates, lumber and steel. The Pottstown yard offers steam heating and a truck scale, and is lighted, paved, and fenced.
Norfolk Southern constructed the Greencastle administration building to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards. The railroad is incorporating low-emission cranes and hostler tractors, as well as the latest gate and terminal automation, in order to maintain air quality and support truck drivers.
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