Governor McCrory Announces Major Transportation Hub Project; Carolina Connector creates jobs, boosts State’s economy
Posted 1/14/2016 10:43:40 AM
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory announced today
that CSX plans to build a major shipping hub in Johnston County, continuing his
vision of bolstering economic development in eastern North Carolina. Over
time, the project could bring 1,500 statewide jobs to North Carolina and
provide an estimated $329 million in public benefits to the state.
movement through eastern North Carolina and the State Ports is a key part of my
25 Year Transportation Vision,” said Governor McCrory. “I
am enthusiastic that CSX, with support from local governments and planning
organizations, has proposed this project for North Carolina.”
The project, called the
Carolina Connector, or CCX, was submitted for funding through the state’s
Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law, which helps fund new
infrastructure. It will create a transfer hub and shipping facility that would
offer a number of transportation and economic benefits to the region.
“The CCX will maximize
both public and private investments for economic development and job creation,
precisely what was envisioned when I worked with the General Assembly to
develop the STI law and scoring process,” said Governor McCrory.
Secretary Nick Tennyson said the project will have a major impact on the
state’s ports and rail systems. CCX will link the North Carolina State Port at
Wilmington with businesses from the Piedmont to the coast, transporting
shipping containers over the nationwide rail network.
“The CCX project will
provide vibrant economic benefits to North Carolina, as well as directly
support our state’s transportation network,” said Secretary Tennyson. “The
project will strongly compete in the STI.”
CSX is committed to
investing $150 million – the majority of funds needed to complete the project.
CSX and the Upper Coastal Plain Regional Planning Organization submitted the
project for $100 million in STI funding from NCDOT. STI uses the Strategic
Mobility Formula, a data-driven system for allocating available revenues that
allows NCDOT to more efficiently invest its transportation dollars.
When built, the CCX will
serve Eastern and Central North Carolina, connecting the regions to markets
across the country. The facility will incorporate trucking, rail and shipping
industries to help move goods more efficiently.*** NCDOT ***
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