SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD, Quebec—American rail company CSX Corp plans to expand its operations in Canada and better link the Quebec region to the US.
The Jacksonville, Florida-based company announced today it will build a 36 hectare (89 acre) intermodal rail terminal in the City of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. The terminal’s design calls for the use of rubber-tire gantry cranes, which will be expected to move up to 100,000 container per year between trucks and trains. Trains serving the terminal will connect through the Northwest Ohio intermodal hub.
The facility will be located near Autoroute 30 in the Perron Industrial Park. In addition to building the new terminal, subsidiary CSX Transportation (CSXT) has committed to moving a portion of its main line, which currently runs through residential areas of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, to an area located alongside the new terminal in the industrial park.
CSX isn’t the only party who has promised to make some changes in relation to the construction project. The province of Quebec and Salaberry-de-Valleyfield have agreed to make improvements to the roads located near the terminal. The province’s ministry of transportation has also agreed to provide financing incentive in the form of a $6 million grant for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
The total cost of the project is expected to be $100 million.
According to CSX, approximately 600 construction jobs will be created while the terminal is being built, and 300 permanent positions will be created once the facility is operational. Construction is scheduled to start this spring and should be completed sometime in 2015.
Mark Ward, chair and CEO of CSX was in Quebec to make the announcement.
“We believe this new terminal will provide immediate and long-term benefits to Quebec and to Salaberry-de-Valleyfield,” he said. “The terminal will provide an anchor for the development of new business, helping boost the economy and create jobs while helping the environment and reducing congestion on the highways.”
Also present were provincial minister of transport Sylvain Gaudreault and Salaberry-de-Valleyfield mayor Denis Lapointe
The Canadian Transportation Agency still has to grant regulatory approval to the project.