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 SYRACUSE, N.Y., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- State officials joined Conrail (NYSE: CRR) customers and employees today in dedicating a new $5 million intermodal terminal, where trailers and containers are transferred between railcars and trucks.
 "This modern hub is a key component in our efforts to continuously improve our quality intermodal service in New York state and New England," said Dale Schaub, general manager of Intermodal Operations for Conrail. "The facility supports the growth we've seen in intermodal transportation, as more and more customers recognize the price, service and environmental advantages of combining the railroad's efficiency over longer-haul routes with the flexibility of local truck pick-up and delivery."
 In addition to Schaub, participants in the dedication ceremony included Bruce Blackie, deputy assistant commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation; John Galasso, manager-Rail Operations of APL, a Conrail customer, and Michael G. Peterson, general manager of Conrail's Albany Division.
 Conrail designed the new terminal, located at Conrail's DeWitt Yard, to handle double-stack container trains as well as conventional intermodal trains carrying trailers and containers in a single level configuration. Double-stack, in which one container is placed atop another, adds to rail freight transportation's efficiency.
 In addition to meeting the needs of regional freight shippers, the terminal enhances Conrail's service to and from New England, where existing height restrictions do not allow double-stack operations. Terminal operators transfer containers to convert New England-bound double-stack trains to single-stack configuration. Westbound, this "filleting" process is reversed.
 The terminal is located in the towns of DeWitt and Manlius. To eliminate disruptions caused by the change in truck route patterns on local roads, Conrail is funding improvements at the Fremont Road and Central Avenue intersection in Manlius. Traffic volume on local roads is expected to be same as at the old facility.
 As part of the project, Conrail assigned two overhead cranes to the terminal to lift trailers and containers on and off railcars. The terminal, which employs 22 workers, also features two tracks, each three-quarters of a mile long, to accommodate a total of 32 standard intermodal flatcars. Storage is available at the terminal for 345 trailers or containers.
 A daily average of 13 intermodal trains serve the terminal. Last year, nearly 38,000 intermodal shipments were processed by Conrail at Syracuse.
 Conrail operates a rail freight network in 14 Northeastern and Midwestern states, the District of Columbia, and the Province of Quebec, with headquarters in Philadelphia.
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