The event was the vice president's most recent stop on a tour focused on the importance of infrastructure investment following visits to the ports of Baltimore, Savannah and Charleston. CSX's $175-million intermodal rail facility opened in 2011, providing nearly 300 full-time, local jobs and spurring growth and economic opportunity by improving access to cost-effective, environmentally-friendly intermodal freight rail transportation.
"Being able to efficiently move cargo and goods is essential to this country's economy," remarked Vice President Biden. "CSX and the Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal have led the revitalization of this region by providing strong, middle-class jobs, supporting local businesses and improving our nation's infrastructure to keep America competitive globally."
Vice President Biden and Secretary Foxx had a full day while visiting the intermodal facility, taking part in a driving tour and training simulator demonstration, as well as meeting employees and local residents. During spoken remarks, the vice president, secretary of Transportation and CSX executives discussed the importance of infrastructure investment in improving America's competitiveness, strengthening the middle class and growing the American economy.
"Infrastructure projects like this cutting-edge facility are the backbone of a growing American middle class and a thriving American economy," said Secretary Foxx. "This facility provides tremendous benefits locally, regionally and for the entire nation."
Situated on more than 500 acres in Wood County, Ohio, just one mile west of North Baltimore, the Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal handles 30 trains per day and moves hundreds of thousands of containers per year; the terminal helps link East Coast seaports with vital points in the Midwest, such as the markets of Cincinnati, Columbus and Louisville. The terminal has created new routing possibilities and growth opportunities for inland locations and allows for faster, more reliable transit from the West Coast, allowing shippers to bypass delays in congested areas like Chicago. It is the nerve center of CSX Transportation's intermodal network and the cornerstone of the company's double-stack freight initiative, the National Gateway.