Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility at CLT
On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, Norfolk Southern and the City of Charlotte signed a lease agreement for the property, which allowed Norfolk Southern to begin construction immediately at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).
- The Airport is strategically positioned for the intermodal facility, creating an intermodal hub linking air, rail and truck to east coast seaports.
- North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) completed construction of the I-485 ramps to West Boulevard and the Airport completed a relocation of West Boulevard that provides the facility's road connection.
- Construction was completed in 2014.
- The facility is managed by Norfolk Southern.
- It replaces the 40-acre intermodal facility along North Davidson and North Brevard Streets in Uptown Charlotte.
- By relocating to the Airport, Norfolk Southern was able to expand the facility to 200 acres and remove hundreds of tractor trailers from the streets of Center City.
- The facility is expected to generate $7.6 billion in regional economic development throughout the next 20 years. It also promises to create more than 7,000 jobs in Charlotte and the surrounding region by 2030.
- The signing of the lease agreement culminated 15 years of planning.
- The project was first envisioned in the 1997 Airport Strategic Development Plan, a process that included several Charlotte businesses.
- The intermodal facility sits along the southern end of CLT's center parallel runway and 40 feet beneath two taxiway bridges.
- Railroad tracks extend a mile along the airfield.
- The facility, which is capable of 200,000 lifts annually, transfers containers between trucks and trains.
- The $92 million facility was constructed with the assistance of $15.7 million in federal funding and additional financial support from the State of North Carolina.
Pictured on the left is an aerial view from the southern portion of the facility's site looking north. Another viewpoint of the Intermodal Facility (right) shows how cargo is removed from trains and placed onto trucks for distribution.
Economic data supplied by Norfolk Southern Corporation.