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  September 12th, 2017 | Written by

CSX Begins Operations at Pittsburgh Intermodal Rail Terminal

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  • CSX's Pittsburgh intermodal terminal is the last component of its National Gateway Initiative.
  • CSX’s National Gateway Initiative is a $850 million public-private partnership.
  • CSX’s National Gateway Initiative created a network of double-stack rail and intermodal terminals.

CSX began operations at its new Pittsburgh intermodal rail terminal, located in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, last week.

The facility provides shippers a new transportation option to move freight to and from western Pennsylvania, while enhancing their competitive advantages through greater connectivity to this major consumption market.

“CSX is committed to serving the growing needs of our current intermodal customers and others who can benefit from the speed and efficiency of intermodal service,” said Fredrik Eliasson, CSX executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer. “Our newest facility in Pittsburgh will connect southwestern Pennsylvania to markets across the country and around the world, while improving supply chain flows and reducing transportation costs.”

The Pittsburgh intermodal terminal is the last key component of CSX’s National Gateway Initiative, an $850 million public-private partnership designed to create a highly efficient network of double-stack rail and intermodal terminals, connecting East Coast markets to consumers, manufacturers and businesses in the Midwest. Through the National Gateway Initiative, more than 95 percent of CSX’s intermodal network is now double-stack cleared, maximizing the potential efficiency of the service.

The Pittsburgh facility occupies a 70-acre site that once served as the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie rail yard in Stowe Township and McKees Rocks Borough. Leveraging the strength of its hub-and-spoke intermodal network, CSX will connect Pittsburgh to more than 40 markets across North America, while offering truck-competitive services to maximize shipping options for its customers.

Transportation comprises an average 66 percent of a shipper’s total logistics cost. Optimizing the use of intermodal freight by rail on moves over 500 miles can result in cost savings of 15 percent or more. In addition, as the most fuel-efficient mode of freight transportation on land, shipping freight by rail enables significant emissions reductions while driving economic prosperity.

Intermodal plays to the strengths of each mode of transportation, capitalizing on the efficiency of rail to complete the long-haul portion of a move, while trucks complete the first and last mile portions. Intermodal rail moves millions of truckloads of products that consumers and businesses use every day, including goods such as electronics, car parts, household appliances, groceries, clothing, toys and furniture.

CSX intermodal terminals have proven track records of driving economic growth in regions where they are located. 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.