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Valley in line for inland port

By LVEDC Staff on April 16, 2013

Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. is teaming up with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Norfolk Southern Corp. and Lehigh Valley Rail Management for an insightful briefing that will spotlight the concept of a new rail intermodal service between the Port of New York and New Jersey and the City of Bethlehem on May 1st.

LVEDC president and CEO Don Cunningham will serve as master of ceremonies for the lunch meeting that will take place the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.

“This is significant because inland ports provide a critical link in our region’s supply chains,” said Cunningham. “Intermodal allows efficiency advantages because it bypasses some congested roadways and also offers savings for companies because rail is direct and cheap.”

More than 140 regional executives are expected to attend the luncheon as the significance of the inland port venture is discussed. In addition, the Port Authority will share details about the latest improvements in operations and services.

“We are very excited about this new service. It will be another value-added feature of the Lehigh Valley,” said Pat Sabatino, owner and manager of Lehigh Valley Rail Management.

LVEDC is providing a 50-seat bus for a post-event tour of the Lehigh Valley Intermodal Yard – the end-of-the-line location for the freight rail service. Please reserve a seat when you register for the luncheon.

To register for the luncheon, please visit

https://www.panynj.gov//events/port-industry-bethlehem/index.cfm

The Players

The Lehigh Valley Rail Management’s intermodal terminal in Bethlehem consists of two adjacent areas for handling conventional intermodal (TOFC/COFC) and Triple Crown Services (Roadrailer equipment) with a total of more than 4.6 miles of track. There is 9,000 feet of track for conventional intermodal and more than 14,000 feet for Triple Crown Services loading and unloading. The terminal has a total of 1,200 trailer parking spaces with gate facilities and a truck scale. The terminal is located less than one mile off Exit 67 of Interstate 78 and handles multiple inbound and outbound trains, seven days a week, with a capacity exceeding 120,000 lifts per year.

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey conceives, builds, operates and maintains infrastructure critical to the New York/New Jersey region’s trade and transportation network. These facilities include America’s busiest airport system, marine terminals and ports, the PATH rail transit system, six tunnels and bridges between New York and New Jersey, the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, and the World Trade Center site. For more than eight decades, the Port Authority has worked to improve the quality of life for the more than 17 million people who live and work in New York and New Jersey – a region that supports 8.6 million jobs with an estimated gross regional product of more than $929 billion.

Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates about 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.

LVEDC is building tomorrow’s economy today by performing several functions: marketing our region for business retention and attraction, land and site redevelopment, site location assistance, research, regional development and financing. With all of these resources at one location, LVEDC serves as a single point of contact to companies and consultants as they make location/expansion decisions. This one-stop approach to economic development allows LVEDC to be the facilitator, helping clients gather information, make the appropriate contacts and answer the many questions facing decision makers as they look for the right building, property or site location.

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