CSX Corporation’s railroad subsidiary, CSX Transportation, in a partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has opened New England’s first double-stack cleared intermodal route on its rail line between the New York state line and the newly expanded intermodal terminal in Worcester, Mass.
The project involved increasing vertical clearances at 31 locations between Worcester and New York to 21 feet, enabling intermodal trains to operate with containers stack two-high. The project connects with the double-stack cleared rail network at the New York state line, giving the region the ability to link with double-stack intermodal service throughout the country.
Previously, double-stack intermodal trains coming to New England from the Midwest or western origins had to stop in Syracuse, N.Y., to be converted from double-stack to single-stack configurations. The reverse occurred on westbound routes from New England, adding time, cost and complexity to the freight flows.
The project was part of a larger agreement with Massachusetts that allowed the state to acquire CSXT’s rail lines in the Boston area to increase commuter rail service. In conjunction with that project, the intermodal terminal in Worcester was expanded.