CSX has alternative sites for its intermodal facility [Letter]

September 04, 2014

Your recent editorial blindly waved the "save the port" flag in favor of the CSX intermodal ("Port suffers a setback," Aug. 29).

However, double-stacking containers from the port was never the main purpose of the CSX intermodal. If it were, there wouldn't be hundreds of trucks a day projected to leave the intermodal.

Instead, CSX is looking for a location to take trains from all over the country and put the containers on trucks to go to local businesses like Home Depot or Wal-Mart.

When it was attempting to locate in Howard County, CSX admitted that over 90 percent of the traffic for the intermodal would provide local distribution services for its train traffic. The port wanted CSX's local train-truck transfer traffic out of the port facility.

If Baltimore wants to help the port, there is a perfect site in the city for the CSX intermodal — the old Fairfield Homes site. It's adjacent to existing CSX train yards, there are no neighbors (the city bought them out years ago because the homes were polluted) and it is immediately adjacent to I-895.

It's a perfect site for doing the double-stacking. Why has CSX not gone there instead of trying to locate its facilities in residential areas?

Douglas Kornreich, Hanover

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