Fast Facts:

Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility at CLT 

On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, Norfolk Southern and the City of charlotte signed a lease agreement for the property, which allowed Norfolk Southern to begin construction immediately at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).

  • The Airport is strategically positioned for the new intermodal facility, creating an intermodal hub linking air, rail and truck to east coast seaports.
  • North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) completed construction of the I-485 ramps to West Boulevard and the Airport has completed a relocation of West Boulevard that will provide the facility's road connection.
  • Construction will be completed in 2014.
  • The facility is being built, and will be managed, by Norfolk Southern.
  • It will replace the existing 40-acre intermodal facility along North Davidson and North Brevard Streets in Uptown Charlotte.
  • By relocating to the Airport, Norfolk Southern is able to expand the facility to 200 acres and remove hundreds of tractor trailers from the streets of Center City.
  • The facility is expected to generate $7.6 billion in regional economic development throughout the next 20 years. It also promises to create more than 7,000 jobs in Charlotte and the surrounding region by 2030.
  • The signing of the lease agreement culminated 15 years of planning.
  • The project was first envisioned in the 1997 Airport Strategic Development Plan, a process that included several Charlotte businesses.
  • The intermodal facility will sit along the southern end of CLT's center parallel runway and 40 feet beneath two taxiway bridges.
  • Railroad tracks will extend a mile along the airfield.
  • The facility, which is capable of 200,000 lifts annually, will transfer containers between trucks and trains.
  • The $92 million facility will be constructed with the assistance of $15.7 million in federal funding and additional financial support from the State of North Carolina.
An aerial perspective of the Intermodal Facility construction site which is located between two runways (left). Construction is expected to be complete in 2014. An artistic rendering shows where the new facility will be placed on Airport property (below).

For more information about the Intermodal Facility, visit the Newsroom Archive.

Economic data supplied by Norfolk Southern Corporation.