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Carolina Connector Intermodal Rail Terminal

The Carolina Connector is a gateway connecting eastern North Carolina to CSX’s expansive railway system, and in July 2016, the state of North Carolina, the Carolinas Gateway Partnership and CSX proudly announced Rocky Mount, North Carolina, as the home for a new intermodal rail terminal known as the Carolina Connector, or CCX. By 24/7 Staff




The Carolina Connector is a $270M+ critical infrastructure project will serve as a major transportation hub in the Southeast, and a catalyst for substantial economic growth throughout the state of North Carolina.

CSX has begun soliciting bids from general contractors interested in providing construction services to develop the new facility.

CSX is at the beginning of an extensive and thorough process, and timing is subject to change based on a number of factors.

The following timeline outlines the proposed phases of the project:

  • 2016-2017 Preliminary engineering and design
  • Mid 2018 Complete permitting process and begin construction
  • Late 2019 Complete construction; begin terminal operations

Driving the Economy Forward
The CCX intermodal rail terminal will bring substantial economic benefits to Rocky Mount, the Twin Counties of Nash and Edgecombe and the state of North Carolina.

CCX will create jobs, reduce transportation costs and stimulate economic activity. With this new transportation hub, existing businesses and state ports will have greater access to global markets at lower logistics costs. Over time, CCX is expected to bring $125 million to the North Carolina economy.

As proven with other intermodal terminals on CSX’s network, these developments attract other industrial and supporting businesses to the local and surrounding communities, creating a multiplier effect for jobs and economic growth. The Carolina Connector is estimated to create 250-300 short-term construction jobs, 300 long-term positions for terminal operations, and over time, 1,500+ long-term jobs across the state. 

About Intermodal Terminals
Intermodal” refers to the movement of freight in containers using multiple modes of transportation.

At intermodal terminals like CCX, containerized goods arrive on trains or trucks, are sorted and transferred by electric cranes to other trains or trucks and then shipped to their final destinations.

Intermodal combines the best of both worlds – the fuel efficiency of trains with the door-to-door flexibility of trucks – to deliver products to consumers in an efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner. 

CSX has an award-winning record for its environmentally responsible operations and facilities, including intermodal terminals with low-impact designs.

In 2015, the Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal received the E3 Gold Award from the Ohio EPA for environmental excellence. CCX will continue this tradition of environmental excellence with state-of-the-art, sustainable technology, and equipment to reduce emissions, noise, and light at the facility.

Among the numerous cutting-edge, energy-efficient technologies, CCX will be equipped with:

  • zero-emission, electric wide-span cranes that are almost silent;
  • directional lighting to reduce potential impacts on the surrounding community;
  • idle-reducing technology to reduce noise, fuel consumption, and carbon emissions;
  • automated gate system that enhances truck throughput and minimizes wait times; and
  • efficient water quality management techniques.

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