CSX to create 1,500 jobs in North CarolinaStaff Writer | July 19, 2016
Governor Pat McCrory joined officials from the N.C. Transportation Department and CSX Corporation at the Port of Wilmington to announce the debut of the new Queen City Express.
Transport hub A rail service between the Port of Wilmington and Charlotte
CSX will eventually provide direct access from the Port of Wilmington to the Carolina Connector intermodal terminal in Edgecombe County that Governor McCrory announced. The facility is expected to create 1,500 jobs throughout North Carolina.
The Carolina Connector intermodal terminal, along with the Queen City Express, will lower transportation costs for businesses while taking trucks off the road. Transporting goods by rail will reduce congestion and wear and tear on the state’s highways, as well as improve safety and air quality. One intermodal train can eliminate as many as 280 trucks from the highway.
According to a recent North Carolina Ports survey, 90 percent of customers need intermodal service.
The Port of Wilmington continues to see growth in containers and infrastructure, and recently welcomed its largest-ever container ship.
To further expand the port’s capabilities, the North Carolina State Ports Authority is moving forward with a $100 million investment in infrastructure improvements including new cranes, an enhanced berth and a wider turning basin, with further expansion on the way.
The state budget signed by Governor McCrory includes $70 million over two years for modernization at the state ports.
CSX will open a new intermodal terminal in Edgecombe County. Known as the Carolina Connector (CCX), this critical infrastructure project will bring jobs and economic opportunity to eastern North Carolina and position the state as a leader in enhanced freight movement.
CCX will transfer containerized cargo between trains and trucks, processing more than 260,000 containers per year initially.
Building the facility is expected to create 250 to 300 short-term jobs in engineering, technical services and construction. Conservative estimates indicate that the hub is expected to create 1,500 jobs throughout North Carolina as a result of the terminal’s operations. ■