The CSX Carolina Connector is now open for business

Those ‘pops’ you might have heard recently were the champagne bottles of logisticians in and around the Mid-Atlantic region celebrating the opening of the CSX Carolina Connector. After 5 years of starts and stops, the intermodal rail terminal is now open for business.


What is the CSX Carolina Connector?

carolina-connector-csxThe Carolina Connector from CSX is an intermodal rail terminal that sits on 330 acres in Rocky Mount, NC, which is located in the Eastern part of the state. The terminal enables rail containers to be offloaded from freight cars arriving at the terminal and then loaded onto another train or truck for final distribution.

The intermodal site can currently handle 1,250,000 containers a year. However, as the original 330-acre site has been built with the ability to expand to over 700 acres, the operation can grow relatively quickly to handle 2,500,000 containers a year.

The Connector project originally got underway in 2016 but fell through. It was eventually brought back to life on a different piece of land with help from Norris Tolson at the Carolina Gateways Partnership and other local business leaders (read our interview with Mr. Tolson about the project here). After planning and construction, the Connector finally went online on October 7th.


Advantages of the CSX Carolina Connector

The Connector’s arrival couldn’t come at a more fortuitous time. There are supply chain logjams and disruptions from coast to coast, with containers tied up at seaports and rail terminals across the US. The new Connector can take some of the burden off of congested rail terminals on the East Coast – congestion that is only expected to increase as intermodal volumes continue to rise.

Then there’s the Connector’s location. It’s rural setting offers more mobility than will be found at major urban areas and seaports. But, even though it’s rural, it’s not far from the supply chain action.

The Connector site is halfway between Boston and Miami, located just minutes from I-95 and close to I-40 and I-85. It’s two hours from the Norfolk port, two hours from the Wilmington port, and four and a half hours from the Charleston ports. So, North Carolina rail can now become a major part of the transportation mix for companies that use these major East Coast highways and seaports.


Lean on Kanban Logistics to take advantage of the CSX Carolina Connector

If you’re looking to the Carolina Connector as a great way to incorporate rail into your operations, you’re going to need a 3PL partner for warehousing and other logistics services. Look no further than Kanban Logistics.

Kanban has over 1 million square feet of warehousing space in Eastern North Carolina, including a facility in Rocky Mount right near the Connector. This Rocky Mount facility can receive rail cars right up to our rail-sided warehouse and we can unload center-beam cars in our transload yard. To learn more about how a local logistics expert can help you take advantage of all that the Connector has to offer, contact Kanban Logistics today.


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