Norfolk Southern has launched a new Website focusing on the benefits of its corridor and public-private partnership projects. The Web site, TheFutureNeedsUs.com <http://www.thefutureneedsus.com/>, describes projects to increase rail freight transportation capacity and improve mobility and the environment. Information is provided for projects in Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, where governors Riley, Barbour, Rendell, Bredesen, Kaine and Manchin are leaders in supporting transportation solutions.
The site outlines how
upgrading the Crescent Corridor – the existing 2,500-mile rail route from the
Southeast to the Northeast – will support a stronger economy, less highway
congestion, cleaner air, and fuel savings.
The Crescent Corridor will
be among the largest additions of new freight transportation capacity since the
Interstate Highway System. That means creating or benefiting some 47,000 green
jobs and producing these estimated annual benefits:
• $326 million in tax
revenues to states and communities
• 1.3 million long-haul
trucks diverted from interstates
• $146 million in accident
• 1.9 million tons in CO2
• $575 million in
• $92 million in highway
• 169 million gallons in
components include new intermodal facilities at Memphis, Birmingham and
Franklin County, Pa., and the expansion of terminals in Harrisburg and
Philadelphia. Other projects include straightening curves; adding passing
tracks, double tracks, and signals; and running more efficient trains.
TheFutureNeedsUs.com <http://www.thefutureneedsus.com/> provides detailed information about other NS corridor projects, as
well. This includes the Heartland Corridor to open a new gateway for
double-stacked container traffic from the East Coast to the Midwest; the
MidAmerica Corridor to create shorter and faster routes for merchandise moving
between the Midwest and Southeast; and the Pan Am Southern Corridor to create
an improved rail route between Albany, N.Y., and the greater Boston area. The site
includes photos, videos, maps, fact sheets, links, contacts, and a convenient
form for contacting Norfolk Southern.