Scrambling belatedly to secure light rail transit service after rejecting same a decade ago, Virginia Beach, Va., may receive a $20 million state grant to acquire 10.6 miles of Norfolk Southern right-of-way within the municipality. The route, if acquired, would almost certainly become an addition to “The Tide” light rail line now being constructed in neighboring Norfolk, which ends at the Virginia Beach border.
Continuing its advancement of the Crescent Corridor, Norfolk Southern appears ready to begin developing a major intermodal hub in Chambersburg, Pa., near the Maryland border, in conjunction with the Franklin County (Pa.) Area Development Corp. Corporation President L. Michael Ross said the NS site will be accessible by road via Exit 3 of Interstate 81 in what will be the Antrim Commons Business Park.
Norfolk Southern says the employees in its mechanical department turned in a history-making safety performance in 2008, completing the year with a reportable injury ratio of 0.53, the lowest ever achieved by any operating department at Norfolk Southern.
Norfolk Southern’s 2009 capital spending program, totaling$1.412 billion, is the railroad's second-largest in five years. It is exceeded by 2008’s $1.556 billion, but tops expenditures of $1.341 billion in 2007, $1.178 billion in 2006, and $1.025 billion in 2005.