Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer released the statement below following the announcement by CSX of its plans to develop a major freight rail infrastructure project in Johnston County. The proposed intermodal rail terminal, the Carolina Connector, or CCX, will be a state-of-the-art facility that will transfer a broad range of goods – from food to furniture to appliances – through the combination of both trucks and trains.
“Today’s announcement is great news for the people, businesses and the economy of Southeastern North Carolina,” said Rep. David Rouzer, who represents the 7th District, which includes Johnston County, and is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “The proposed intermodal terminal will help attract new capital investment, including manufacturing, distribution and industrial businesses to the area, increase the state’s competitive edge in commerce, and increase business for our ports. This project lays the foundation for significant job growth long-term.”
The terminal is expected to spur economic development in eastern North Carolina by enhancing transportation infrastructure, creating jobs and encouraging industrial growth. The terminal is forecast to produce more than $329 million in public benefits for the state over 30 years. The construction of the terminal is estimated to create 250 to 300 short-term construction jobs. Over time, up to 1,500 long-term jobs will be created statewide as a result of this development.