The National Gateway coalition, which includes CSX Corp., Monday announced that it has been honored as “Competitiveness Project of theYear” by the North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum, an infrastructure identification and development group. The forum's award recognizes the National Gateway as the “project which contributes most to the [North American] region's capacity for global competitiveness.”
The $842 million National Gateway public/private partnership also includes several Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states seeking to increase capacity efficiency on freight rail routes between Mid-Atlantic ports and Midwestern markets.
To date, CSX has provided $395 million in funding commitments; state sources are expected to fund $189 million, while $258 million has been requested from the federal government.
“Today there is an urgent need for strategic investment in transportationinfrastructure,” said Carl Warren, director of strategic infrastructure for CSX Intermodal. “This award is an acknowledgement of the National Gateway’s role in meeting those critical needs.”
Warren thanked the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina for their leadership in this partnership to enhance the region’s competitiveness.