Cost Benefit and Economic Impact Analyses for CSX National Gateway
HDR was retained by CSX to perform an analysis of benefits and job-related impacts from the National Gateway. The National Gateway is a CSX initiative to improve freight rail movements by updating its infrastructure to accommodate more double-stack trains. HDR's work was performed in support of a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) application that was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and co-sponsored by CSX and several states, including Pennsylvania. The analysis built on a previous assessment of benefits by using the freight diversion model. The economic analysis departed from this study to provide a more robust assessment of benefits as called for by the U.S. Department of Transportation in the TIGER application guidelines.
The analysis included benefits for new and existing shippers from direct cost reductions as well as potential long-run logistics cost savings. Other benefits associated with reduced truck miles traveled include reduced accidents, air emissions, congestion, pavement maintenance costs and employment. The analysis also provided estimates of the jobs created from construction and operation of intermodal terminals. In addition, applying insight that HDR has developed from numerous economic impact assessments of intermodal facilities, we forecasted job growth for local businesses in the vicinity of the new facilities due to the new, low-cost access to rail. The analysis identified job creation overall and in many economically distressed areas in Pennsylvania.