Norfolk Southern Railway Company has dedicated the John W. Whitaker intermodal terminal at Austell, Georgia, capping a four-year, $380 million system-wide investment in intermodal transportation infrastructure.
The truck-train transfer facility will expedite the movement of containerized freight between North, East, West and South while increasing Norfolk Southern’s ability to handle local and regional demand for intermodal transportation.
“The new Whitaker terminal will enhance transportation capacity for Norfolk Southern, for the state of Georgia and for our domestic and international customers. As our intermodal crossroads in the Southeast, the facility will allow us to offer our customers additional services, more reliable transit times, a competitive transportation alternative to over-the-road shipping and help reduce congestion on the nation’s highways — a combination that supports economic growth for all our partners,” said David R. Goode, chairman, president and chief executive officer, before guests at the dedication ceremony.
Service through Austell began July 30. Situated on 450 acres, the facility features four loading and unloading tracks, 26,000 feet of support tracks, 3,200 parking spots for 12×53-foot trailers, 360 spaces for container stacking, six inbound/outbound lanes for trucks and convenient access to Interstate 20.
The Whitaker terminal is expected to contribute approximately $50 million annually to local economies. Associated with it are a number of public safety, environmental and community enhancements, including improvements to nearby roads, parks and recreational facilities.
The facility is named for John Wesley Whitaker, a prominent railroader who served with several Norfolk Southern predecessor railroads.