CSX National Gateway
In May 2008, CSX Corporation announced the National Gateway project, a public-private partnership and multistate initiative that will invest more than $842 million to create a more efficient rail corridor between the Mid-Atlantic's international deepwater ports and major consumption markets in the Midwest. In addition to modifying 61 vertical clearances to allow for double-stack trains, the project calls for the construction or expansion of intermodal terminals in Ohio, Pennsylvania, the Washington, D.C. region and North Carolina.
HDR provided assistance to CSXT in the preparation of a grant application for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funds administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The effort involved reviewing work completed on the project to date, completion of additional public benefits and economic impacts analyses, quantification of benefits related to TIGER criteria, and preparation and submittal of the final application. HDR staff, including economists, air quality specialists, NEPA experts and rail professionals worked with numerous CSXT departments and with CSXT management to ensure an on-time submittal. National Gateway was selected for one of the largest awards made under the TIGER funding program – $98 million.