In October, Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman was joined by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Administrator Karen Rae, Rep. Bill Shuster, and other state and local officials to break ground for the new Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility in Greencastle, Pa.

The $95-million facility, part of the railroad’s multi-state Crescent Corridor initiative to establish an efficient, high-capacity intermodal freight rail route between the Gulf Coast and the Northeast, occupies a 200-acre site and is expected to open in 2012.

The groundbreaking is for the first of four new Crescent Corridor intermodal terminals Norfolk Southern plans to construct over the next two years.

The Crescent Corridor is a program of improvements to infrastructure and other facilities geared toward creating a high capacity 2,500-mile intermodal route spanning from New Jersey to Louisiana. The program of projects is estimated to cost $2.5 billion for full development.