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Once touted as an economic boon, W.Va. intermodal facility faces auction block

By Phil Kabler for The Charleston Gazette-Mail

An aerial view of the Heartland Intermodal Gateway facility in Prichard, W.Va.

PRICHARD, W.Va. — Once touted as a key economic development tool for southwestern and central West Virginia, the $32 million Heartland Intermodal Gateway is likely to shut down this fall, and go on the auction block within a year, Transportation Secretary Byrd White said Tuesday.

Members of the state Port Authority on Tuesday authorized White to negotiate a short-term contract with a private entity to operate the intermodal facility in the interim, with the intent of selling the 100-acre road-to-rail cargo transfer station at Prichard, Wayne County, at auction within a year.

White said that Norfolk Southern railroad, which donated much of the property for the intermodal facility, will stop service to it in October unless the railroad is able to reach a 15,000-container-a-year threshold. …

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