NORFOLK, VA – The Port of Virginia is now offering access into Western Pennsylvania and Northwest Ohio via CSX’s daily rail service to Pittsburgh.

“This will help to expand an important and growing market for The Port of Virginia,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. “We are the East’s leading rail port: we’re moving 36 percent of our volume by rail and continuing to reduce our dwell times for rail containers. The goal is to continue growing our rail capabilities and offerings and expanding service in that region is critical to the effort.”

Double-stack trains traveling between the Norfolk Harbor and Pittsburgh will move along CSX’s National Gateway route to the rail carrier’s new $60 million Pittsburgh Intermodal Rail Terminal. The terminal is located in McKees Rocks and opened Sept. 7.

The Pittsburgh terminal is the last piece of CSX’s National Gateway Initiative, which is an $850 million project focused on creating a network double-stack rail and intermodal terminals that connects East Coast markets to consumers, manufacturers and businesses in the Midwest.

In fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) the port moved 569,000 containers by rail, more than an 11 percent increase in volume when compared with fiscal year 2016.