National Public Radio had a very interesting news segment on intermodal freight transportation yesterday, focused on the Norfolk Southern Charlotte Intermodal Rail Yard.
|Source: Charlotte Douglas International Airport
The result – an intermodal rail yard which could have fewer negative impacts on their host community than the mega-facilities built by other railroads. Trucks haul just 1200 containers per day out of the Norfolk Southern Charlotte Intermodal Rail Yard, for example, compared to the 4000 – 6000 per day the BNSF Kansas City Intermodal Facility will generate at full buildout.
And, since every container generates not one but several truck trips – to pick up and drop off chassis, and to move freight to nearby and/or distant distribution warehouses – the impact differential could be multiplied three to four times.
Norfolk Southern’s intermodal facility in Charlotte grows with global trade, Charlotte Business Journal
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