Local and State Partnerships: Freight in North Central PA

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Presentation by Amy Kessler, North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, at the Freight Partnership V meeting, July 31, 2013 in Washington, DC

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Local and State Partnerships: Freight in North Central PA

  1. 1. Amy Kessler: North Central Pennsylvania RPO Freight Partnership V Meeting – July 31, 2013 Washington, DC
  2. 2. The Appalachian Region: 200,000 square-mile region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi Pennsylvania: 44,816.61 Square-miles
  3. 3. North Central RPO • Sq. Mi - 5,100 • Pop -224,000 • 43 people per sq. mi. • Roughly the size of the state of Connecticut
  4. 4. Success: An opportunity to encourage and link Land Use – Transportation and Economic Development Decision-Making Challenges Faced? Planning is typically done in silos Private Sector Confidentiality Public Perspectives Fear of the unknown
  5. 5. DuBois Intermodal Facility – A Public-Private Project Success Story Partnership between: North Central PennDOT Township Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad First/Last Mile Issues: • Intersection geometry/control • Poor turning radii • Congestion/choke points BEFORE: 2 Major Freight Corridors
  6. 6. BEFORE: DuBois Intermodal Facility – A Public-Private Project Success Story Getting truck access to the site: • Rural – 2 lane roadway • No intersection signal control • Poor truck turning movements
  7. 7. DuBois Intermodal Facility – A Public-Private Project Success Story Canadian National (CN) lumber reload center opened on October 1, 2005 Fully Operational and at Capacity. Looking for additional land to expand All “external’ infrastructure improvements have been made Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) AFTER:
  8. 8. AFTER: DuBois Intermodal Facility – A Public-Private Project Success Story Road improvements made by PennDOT and North Central RPO • Roadway widening • Turning Lane • Signalized intersection • Railroad crossing improvement Improvements made by Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad • Internal roads • Rail sidings
  9. 9. DuBois Intermodal Facility – A Public-Private Project Success Story • The site provides Intermodal Solutions to companies throughout the region • Provide discounted backhaul freight rates and economic incentives for shippers moving freight to the west. Oil & Gas Piping – Marcellus Shale Industry
  10. 10. DuBois Intermodal Facility - A Public-Private Project Success Story DuBois Intermodal Facility – Construction Grade Lumber. Railroad Ties and Pipe • The DuBois location is within reach of several major markets including Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York and New Jersey
  11. 11. Questions? A hundred years after we are gone and forgotten, those who never heard of us will be living with the results of our actions. - Oliver Wendell Homes, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  12. 12. AMY KESSLER 651 MONTMORENCI ROAD RIDGWAY, PA 15853 AMY@NCENTRAL.COM Thank you @NorthCentralRPO

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