CSX Christens Carolina Connector Intermodal Terminal
CSX’s new Carolina Connector (CCX) intermodal terminal, located northeast of Raleigh, N.C. and described as “one of the most technologically advanced facilities on the CSX network, is now open. CSX says the terminal “will help relieve port and highway congestion by adding rail-to-truck transfer capacity for domestic and international container shipments.”
Located on 330 acres near Rocky Mount, N.C., on a CSX main line, CCX features three wide-span, zero-emission electric cranes with a lift capacity of 110,000 containers per year. Most of the container handling will be fully automated, with operators controlling the initial lift and final placement from inside the terminal building. In addition to its remotely operated electric cranes, CCX “maximizes safe and efficient truck movement through the facility” with CSX’s XGate technology that “automates the in-gate process, streamlines traffic flows and automatically inspects loads leaving the facility.”
At the facility’s grand opening Nov. 18, officials from CSX and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), which shared construction costs, said CCX is “a positive development for the regional economy and the nation’s supply chain.”
At a ribbon cutting event for the Carolina Connector intermodal facility in Edgecombe County, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper (far left) was joined by (L to R) Carolinas Gateway Partnership Norris Tolson, Rocky Mount Mayor Sandy Roberson, CSX Executive Vice President Nathan Goldman, NCDOT Board of Transportation member Melvin Mitchell, NCDOT Secretary Eric Boyette, and Rep.Shelly Willingham (Dist. 23).
“Millions of people live within 120 miles of this terminal,” said Eric Boyette, NCDOT Secretary. “The Carolina Connector will spur business development, divert thousands of trucks off highways and provide much needed jobs in this fast-growing region.”
“CSX appreciates our partnership with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and we thank the state for its contribution toward making this project possible,” said Nathan Goldman, CSX Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. “The CCX terminal is a demonstration of how CSX is creating sustainable supply chain solutions for customers by expanding our intermodal network in Eastern North Carolina and connecting to the busy I-95 corridor. We are proud that this project will be a catalyst for economic growth and development in the region.”
Norris Tolson, CEO and President of Carolinas Gateway Partnership, commented, “The Carolina Connector is a welcome asset for North Carolina. This event gives us the opportunity to celebrate the hard work and cooperation of NCDOT, CSX, Carolinas Gateway Partnership and other partners. This collaborative effort will pay dividends to North Carolina citizens for years to come.”