The addition of the new, 2.2-kilometer (1.36-mile) mainline track will minimize congestion in the residential area of the city. In addition, two new railroad crossings are now in operation, one at the intersection of highway 530 and Gérard- Cadieux Boulevard and the other at Des Érables Boulevard located close to the highway 530.
"The construction of the intermodal terminal in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield continues to progress. The opening of the new mainline is just one more step towards the completion of this important project," said Chris Durden, assistant vice president, terminal and network operations.
The 36-hectare (89-acre) intermodal terminal in the city of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield connects the region with CSX's 34,000 kilometer (21,000-mile) network in the United States.
The terminal will be close to the newly-completed Autoroute 30, providing easy access to the greater Montreal distribution and consumption market. As part of the project, the province of Quebec and Salaberry-de-Valleyfield will make improvements to the road network in the immediate vicinity of the terminal.
The intermodal project will enable shippers in the region to capitalize on the economic and environmental benefits of intermodal rail, expand on the north-south trade opportunities offered by North American Free Trade Agreement and connect to new markets. The terminal is expected to handle up to 100,000 containers per year, using modern, rubber-tire gantry cranes to transfer containers between trains and trucks.