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Monday, September 13, 2010

Will Big Truck Traffic Decrease? Norfolk Southern Railroad Completes Expansion

Norfolk Southern railroad has completed a massive 3 year project that allows it to run double stacked trains from Norfolk, Va. to Columbus, Ohio. The project involved increasing tunnel and bridge heights and other improvements to allow double stacked trains to cover the route. The trip from Norfolk to Columbus is now 250 miles shorter and 24 hours quicker. The cost of the project was staggering. NS contributed 97.8 million dollars. The federal government paid 83.3 million dollars and Ohio and Virginia contributed 9.8 million dollars. Now that the money has been spent, will we see any reduction in truck traffic on the interstate highway system. A fully loaded double stacked train holds the equivalent of 280 tractor trailers. Was this a good use of federal and state tax dollars? Are we taxpayers getting any benefit from this project?We can assume that NS will become more competitive with the the trucking industry with this new route. Is it fair to provide these subsidies to a railroad company? On the other hand,doesn't the trucking industry benefit equally from state and federal maintenance of highways? The questions keep forming in my mind but there are no good answers, yet. Stay tuned.

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