SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD, Que. -- CSX Corporation’s (CSX) intermodal terminals subsidiary will be building a new 89-acre intermodal rail terminal in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que. Officials say the new $100 million project is designed to connect the region with CSX Transportation’s (CSXT) 34,000-km rail network in the US.
The project is expected to create about 600 jobs during construction and lead to the creation of more than 300 permanent jobs when completed. Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2013 and the terminal is expected to open in 2015.
“We believe this new terminal will provide immediate and long-term benefits to Quebec and to Salaberry-de-Valleyfield,” said Michael J. Ward, CSX president and CEO. “The terminal will provide an anchor for the development of new business, helping boost the economy and create jobs while helping the environment and reducing congestion on the highways.”
Trains serving the terminal will connect through the Northwest Ohio intermodal hub. Located in the Perron Industrial Park, the terminal will be close to the newly-completed Autoroute 30. As part of the project, the province of Quebec and Salaberry-de-Valleyfield will make improvements to the road network in the immediate vicinity of the terminal, according to officials. The Quebec Ministry of Transportation will also support the project through a $6 million grant for the reduction of greenhouse emissions.
The terminal is expected to handle up to 100,000 containers per year, using rubber-tire gantry cranes to transfer containers between trains and trucks.
In response to community planning needs, CSXT will also relocate a portion of its main line in residential areas of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield to a location south of Autoroute 530 alongside the new terminal in the industrial park.
The project is still subject to regulatory approval from the Canadian Transportation Agency.