EDITORIAL: Deliver an agreement for intermodal facility

2014-01-10T00:00:00Z EDITORIAL: Deliver an agreement for intermodal facility nwitimes.com
January 10, 2014 12:00 am  • 

LaPorte County is working to get contracts signed so construction can begin as early as this spring on an intermodal facility. Make it happen.

The new intermodal facility would include a cold storage warehouse for fresh produce and other perishable food.

Green Express would handle loading rail cars with fresh produce and other perishable foods to and from Kingsbury and the port at Tampa, Fla. The refrigerated warehouse would store the food until it's picked up by semi-trucks and delivered to markets in the Midwest and elsewhere.

The jobs involved in loading and unloading these products pay well, which is why the intermodal facility is desirable for Kingsbury.

The intermodal facility became official Dec. 31, when a development agreement was signed for the INland Logistics Port. Everyone involved in this project signed that preliminary agreement.

There are still some loose ends to tie up, and since they involve CSX — and railroads are notorious for being slow to reach an agreement — nothing is final yet, nor is there a guarantee this will happen.

Among the details yet to be resolved are getting the port in Tampa to allow Green Express to transfer produce between cargo ships and rail cars, and getting specific agreements between Green Express and CSX. The land purchase needs to be completed as well.

But there is plenty of reason for hope for this project.

Already, CSX has completed a 2-mile rail spur to the site for rail cars to bring in perishable and other products.

And everyone involved in the negotiations wants this project to happen. 

So now it's time to reach final agreements.

Get the negotiations done in plenty of time for construction to begin in the spring.

Make it work, and start putting products in cold storage instead of dreams.

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