CSX and Partners Celebrate Groundbreaking, Construction of Pittsburgh Intermodal Rail Terminal
The $60 million facility, which is expected to commence operations in 2017, will provide shipping logistics services to manufacturers and distributors in western Pennsylvania by supporting the reliable and efficient shift of long-haul freight from highway to rail.
Construction on the terminal began in September, with initial activity focused on demolishing existing buildings and clearing the site to prepare for major construction. The project is redeveloping the former Pittsburgh & Lake Erie (P&LE) railroad yard, which operated for more than 100 years on the 70-acre site.
Representatives from CSX, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allegheny County and local municipalities were on hand at the groundbreaking celebration to discuss the positive impact of the facility.
“Together, we are making an investment here in Stowe Township and McKees Rocks that will transform an industrial space into a modern, state-of-the art facility,” said Clarence Gooden, president of CSX. “None of this would be possible without the vision, dedication and commitment of our many partners in this project, including Allegheny County, Stowe Township and the McKees Rocks Borough, Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation.”
“We are excited to have CSX make this investment in the community,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “We know the importance of rail in our region, and the start of this work emphasizes exactly that. This terminal will help connect western Pennsylvania’s businesses to the global marketplace.”
“Growing our region’s transportation network is going to benefit both our businesses and the community as a whole,” said Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “I am glad that CSX is choosing to make this investment as the new facility will enable increased trucking and shipping in southwestern Pennsylvania.”
Since the site of the facility was announced in October 2013, the project has received broad-based support from local, county, state and federal level officials; economic development associations; community organizations and other stakeholders.