Charlotte’s intermodal shipping facility has put the City “on the map” nationally as a transportation hub, a Norfolk Southern official told Charlotte business and civic leaders last Thursday. The declaration came as the group received an update from Grant Cothran, an intermodal development official with Norfolk Southern.
Cothran said the Norfolk Southern facility can lift 200,000 freight containers to or from trains annually. He said it has made Charlotte a key point on the nation’s freight shipping map, along with Dallas, Chicago, New York, Atlanta and other select cities in the USA.
During a tour of the site, Deputy Interim Aviation Director Jack Christine told the group the facility can be expanded to handle about 600,000 containers annually.
The group, focused on improving Charlotte’s global competitiveness, has held several summits on the topic. Participants said the group is working to forge stronger ties to ambassadors and honorary consuls who can spread the word about Charlotte to foreign businesses.