Intermodal service is set for the Port of Wilmington, N.C., with daily CSX service to Charlotte. The first double-stack trains are due to begin operating July 28.
“The Queen City Express provides premier rail service over competing ports for existing and future container customers in one of the most significant economic centers in the southeastern United States,” said Paul Cozza, executive director of the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City. “In addition, further establishing our inland terminal helps answer the request of many cargo owners asking for improved connectivity to international markets.”
CSX Intermodal Vice President Dean Piacente said, “This service, dovetailed with the investment that CSX is making in Rocky Mount, is a testament to our dedication to the state of North Carolina and North Carolina ports.
“In addition to the connection to Charlotte, CSX will also provide future access to a transformational, state-of-the-art intermodal rail terminal in eastern North Carolina — the Carolina Connector.”
The Queen City Express and Carolina Connector will be marketed as a way to taking draymen off the road and thereby reduce emissions. In a statement, CSX said that one intermodal train can take as many as 280 trucks off the road, minimizing wear on highways.