I-81 Freight Rail Study and Norfolk Southern Cresent Corridor compared and contrasted in new paper for CTB
Because both are rail intermodal efforts
affecting the I-81 Corridor, there has been public confusion over
what these two projects are and how they differ. In a new paper
prepared for the Commonwealth Transportation Board meeting in Roanoke
on November 7, RAIL Solution details the differences and highlights
some curious ways the new NS direction departs from the vision of
its own CEO, Wick Moorman (2nd item below).
"I-81 Crescent Corridor" Initiative
RAIL Solution has been asked our views on
Norfolk Southern's recently announced "I-81 Crescent Corridor"
initiative. To understand its significance, one has to separate what's
old from what's new.
Norfolk Southern President, Chairman, and
CEO Charles "Wick" Moorman made a major address at Hotel
Roanoke, which he called a "coming out party" for the
railroad's I-81 strategy.
A Multi-State Plan Needs Multi-State Involvement
Solution is reaching out to Tennesseans,
Pennsylvanians, Marylanders, and
“Our neighbors need to know
that the H-1581 process offers opportunity
for significant transport- ation
improvements at less cost to taxpayers,
highway users and our environment
up and down the I-81 Corridor. These
citizens need to be pressing their
transportation planners to gain
access to the intermodal rail planning
RAIL Solution Exec. Dir.
Time: 10am - 2pm
Location: Community Room
Salem Public Library (on Main Street between Market and Broad)
28 East Main Street
Salem, VA 24153
Southbound on I-81
Use exit 140, bear right off the ramp, under I-81 and head into Salem on Thompson Memorial Drive (Rte. 311).
Turn right at 2nd light, Main Street. Proceed through two traffic lights, and library is on left. Park on street,
or go around block to access library parking lot, by turning left at 2nd or 3rd light (Market or Broad Streets).
Entrance to Community Room is from the parking lot side. If coming in through the front door, pass circulation
desk and go through glass doors on your right.
Nothbound on I-81
Use exit 137, bear right off ramp, and turn left at light onto Main Street. Proceed several miles. Street will
narrow to 2 lanes after truck bypass diverges at 4th Street (Liberty Gas and Burger King on left). Continue east
on Main Street through four lights, and library is on the right. Park on street, or go around block to your right
to access library parking lot, by turning right at 3rd or 4th light (Broad or Market Streets). Entrance to Community
Room is from the parking lot side. If coming in through the front door, pass circulation desk and go through glass
doors on your right.
June 7th at 10am
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Tier 1 EIS
-Overview of DEIS.
-VDOT I-81 Site
-Write to VDOT>
-EIS Process Overview
-Letters to Editor
RAIL Solution's I-81 Transportation Issues & Priorities
Maximize Rail/ Minimize Road Expansion
-VA Gen. Assembly
-Analysis & Reports