Transportation investments keep freight, economy moving
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting CSX's Northwest Ohio Terminal with Vice President Joe Biden. It's not our first trip to a key freight hub together. Last month, the Vice President and I visited the Ports of Baltimore, Charleston, and Savannah.
Why freight hubs? Because this Administration knows that moving freight is the lifeblood of our economy.
We already move 48 million tons of goods across America each day. But that number will only grow as our population increases.
So we're committed to making our first-class freight system even stronger. We're also committed to innovative partnerships to help make that happen.
And one such partnership can be found in Ohio and the other states--Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland--in the National Gateway Freight Corridor. With one of our first TIGER grants, we awarded the Corridor $98 million to enhance intermodal efficiency and rail capacity, so we can better connect businesses in the Midwest with ports in the Mid Atlantic.
The rail bridge and tunnel work this grant supports is creating a seamless rail network with 21-foot vertical clearance throughout. The improvements will increase capacity by allowing trains to carry double-stacked containers, making the corridor more marketable to major East Coast ports and shippers.
The entire enterprise has involved 60 different projects in six states and the District of Columbia. One of the corridor's six new intermodal terminals is in North Baltimore, Ohio.
Because of DOT's investment in rail upgrades, CSX developed its $175 million, 500-acre Northwest Ohio Terminal, a hub that supports jobs for 300 men and women who work hard to move millions of freight containers every year.
But there is more work to be done. Vice President Biden and I saw the evidence of that yesterday in North Baltimore, where CSX is already looking to expand its facility --just two years after it opened.
President Obama and Vice President Biden know the importance of continuing to expand our freight network. And with their support, this Department will continue working hard to keep America's freight moving safely and reliably from farms and manufacturers to ports and markets at home and around the world.
Anthony Foxx is the 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation.