PHILADELPHIA PA – Limerick congressman Rep. Jim Gerlach was among those in Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation singled out Monday (Nov. 2, 2009) by the head of Norfolk Southern Railroad for their help in expanding a railroad freight hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

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An artist's rendering of the master plan for the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Norfolk Southern and the state announced Monday they would jointly invest $11 million – $6 million from the railroad, $5 million from Pennsylvania – to add more tracks and parking capacity at what is called the Navy Yard’s intermodal facility. The expansion is part of Norfolk Southern plans to create a high-speed freight rail route between the Gulf Coast and the Northeast.

The build-out would allow the Navy Yard to handle more than 72,000 containers and trailers annually. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2010.

Wick Moorman, Norfolk Southern’s chief executive officer, credited Gov. Ed Rendell, the state’s two U.S. senators, Gerlach and eight other congressmen and women for their support of the expansion and efforts to obtain funding.

Norfolk Southern’s multi-state network of infrastructure improvements and facilities, which it calls the “Crescent Corridor initiative,” is intended to enhance 2,500 miles of rail that constitutes a supply chain from the Gulf Coast and Memphis to Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and the New York metropolitan area. Projects include straightening curves, adding passing tracks, improving signal systems, and building new terminals.

Drawing from the Philadelphia Navy Yard website

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