Press Release provided by CSX:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – October 6, 2015 – The completion of planning and permitting activities for the Pittsburgh Intermodal Rail Terminal in McKees Rocks and Stowe Township was announced today by CSX and certain of its transportation and intermodal terminal subsidiaries, together with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Stowe Township and the Borough of McKees Rocks. Construction on the terminal has begun, with initial activity focused on building demolition and site clearing.
“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 Clarence Gooden, president, CSX. “We are grateful for the dedicated work of our many partners in making this important milestone a reality, including Stowe Township and the McKees Rocks Borough, Allegheny County, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation.”
The Pittsburgh Intermodal Rail Terminal represents a CSX investment of more than $60 million to provide western Pennsylvania shippers direct intermodal freight access, strengthening the region’s transportation infrastructure and shifting long-haul freight from highway to rail. 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. Construction of the facility is expected to take approximately two years.
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.
“This major milestone in the process of bringing the Pittsburgh Intermodal Rail Terminal to Allegheny County is the result of significant effort from CSX, the county, McKees Rocks and Stowe Township, and all of the partners involved in making this project a reality,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “We look forward to supporting CSX through construction and into the operations phase, which will allow Western Pennsylvania’s businesses to efficiently connect to the global marketplace.”
“This facility will play a critical role in the revitalization of the Sto-Rox area, while creating transportation savings and stimulating economic activity throughout the Pittsburgh region,” said Dennis Yablonsky, chief executive officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
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