National Gateway Will Deliver Benefits to Virginia
Petersburg, Va. - August 6, 2010 - A representative of the National Gateway outlined the more than $900 million in public benefits that the infrastructure project will provide to the state of Virginia at a Rotary Club of Petersburg meeting yesterday.
"The National Gateway delivers significant benefits to the Commonwealth of Virginia," said Quintin Kendall, resident vice president of state government affairs for CSX Transportation. "By enhancing Virginia's consumer options and expanding the Virginia Port Authority's ability to handle imports and exports from world markets, this project will support economic growth and position Virginia for continued success."
The National Gateway delivers significant savings and environmental benefits to Virginia. By enabling key freight rail routes to carry double-stack trains, the National Gateway will save the commonwealth more than $100 million in highway maintenance costs by shifting more than 14.5 billion highway miles to freight rail. In addition, the project will save 290 million gallons of fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 3 million tons.
Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world understanding through international humanitarian service programs and educational and cultural exchanges. Representing a cross-section of the city's business professionals, the Rotary Club of Petersburg, Virginia meets every Thursday at the Country Club of Petersburg from noon to 1:30 p.m.
the National Gateway is supported by over 70 public officials of both parties, including six governors, 39 Members of Congress and 28 state elected officials.