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Rendell to visit Franklin County today

August 11, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell will visit Franklin County today for the announcement of a new intermodal rail facility in Antrim Township.

Norfolk Southern is hosting a press conference to unveil its plans for the facility at the Mason-Dixon Auto Auction on U.S. 11 near Interstate 81.

The 11:30 a.m. event will feature Rendell and Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman, according to a press released issued by the rail company.

Rendell actively has sought funding for railroads in the state.

In December 2008, he announced his $45 million proposal to fund railroad improvements between State Line, Pa., and Harrisburg, Pa., along Norfolk Southern's Crescent Corridor.

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Stretching 2,500 miles, from Louisiana to New Jersey, the Crescent Corridor project is expected to absorb more than a million trucks per year from U.S. highways, the company said.

The Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility will be a major access point in the Crescent Corridor, according to Norfolk Southern.

L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp., has been working with Norfolk Southern to bring the facility to Franklin County.

Because the site sits between the interstate and railroad, the intermodal facility likely would enhance future commerce and industry in the township, county and state by providing businesses with access to rail service, Ross said.

Antrim Township was one of many locations along the corridor considered by the company, spokesman Rudy Husband previously said.

Husband said details of the project would be made public today at the press conference.

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