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National Gateway Announces Online Project Update Resource

New online database provides project-specific news and updates

Washington, DC - March 1, 2010 - The National Gateway coalition today announced that it has added "Project Updates," an online resource for community members, contractors and others seeking information about current and upcoming National Gateway projects, to the initiative's Web site, NationalGateway.org.

"The National Gateway coalition plans to put the $98 million in federal TIGER transportation stimulus funds awarded to the initiative last week to work as quickly as possible on construction projects that enhance the use of fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly freight rail," said Louis Renjel, vice president of strategic infrastructure initiatives for CSX Transportation. "This upgrade to the National Gateway Web site allows residents and other stakeholders to easily access updates on projects across the network."

The upgraded Web site presents project and construction information in an interactive, easy-to-access format. Visitors can submit questions and comments about projects directly to the National Gateway coalition, and local contractors can submit their information to bid on upcoming construction projects.

"We are committed to communicating with stakeholders throughout all stages of the National Gateway project, from funding to construction to completion," added Renjel. "This upgrade to the National Gateway Web site is the latest step in making project information accessible and easy to find."

The National Gateway is an $842 million public-private sector initiative to create a more efficient rail route linking Mid-Atlantic ports with Midwestern markets, improving the flow of rail traffic between these regions by increasing the use of double-stack trains. This public-private partnership will upgrade tracks, equipment and facilities, and will provide clearance allowing double-stack intermodal trains.

The new National Gateway "Project Updates" Web section is online at http://updates.nationalgateway.org/.

To learn more about the National Gateway, visit www.nationalgateway.org.

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Richard VanOrnum
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