National Gateway Enhances Maryland Economy
Ocean City, MD - August 19, 2010 - Representatives of the National Gateway discussed how local infrastructure projects will create jobs, enhance the regional economy and reduce transportation emissions at the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Annual Summer Conference, August 18-21 in Ocean City, Maryland.
"The National Gateway brings significant economic benefits to the state of Maryland," said Sharon Daboin, resident vice president of state government affairs for CSX Transportation. "This project will create over 12,000 local jobs, while also tripling market access potential for the Port of Baltimore."
The National Gateway is an award-winning public-private partnership that will upgrade tracks and provide clearance for double-stack intermodal trains, supporting the Maryland Port Administration's ability to handle goods going to and coming from world markets. The National Gateway will shift almost 2 million Maryland highway miles to freight rail, saving the state nearly $90 million in highway maintenance costs and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by over 2.5 million tons.
The MACo Annual Summer Conference will take place this year at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. The annual conference draws nearly 3,000 local, state and federal government official attendees and their families.
The National Gateway creates $22 in benefits for each dollar of public funds invested and is supported by over 70 public officials of both parties, including six governors, 39 Members of Congress and 28 state elected officials.