Monday, November 25, 2013

Intermodal Terminal At The Airport

On Dec. 9, Norfolk Southern Railway plans to open an intermodal facility in Charlotte, N.C., that will become the fourth new terminal along its Crescent Corridor.

The Charlotte Intermodal Facility will replace the Class I's existing terminal in the city. Adjacent to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, the 170-acre terminal will feature access to Interstates 485, 85 and 77, three loading tracks and 1,328 parking spaces.

NS is developing the 2,500-mile Crescent Corridor between New Jersey and Louisiana. Over the past 18 months, the railroad has opened new terminals along the corridor in Rossville, Tenn., Birmingham, Ala., and Greencastle, Pa.
This is really big news for Charlotte, not only the downtown area, but also Charlotte Douglass Airport.  The current Intermodal yard is just south of NoDa on Brevard Street.  Over 500 tractor trailers a day either enter or leave that facility.  Lately, the traffic has decreased as the transition is in progress.
This will also hasten the work on the Blue Line Extension (BLE) for the LYNX light rail line going to UNCC.  Not only will the Parkwood Station be located here, but the tracks will parallel Brevard as it heads north.
The airport will get increased activity as the area continues to grow.  This is major transportation and distribution news.

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