Already, ports in Jeffersonville and Mount Vernon move goods to and from Indiana along the Ohio, downstream to the Mississippi River and out to the Gulf of Mexico.
Central Indiana’s rail terminal to the world is CSX Transportation’s Avon yard, in Hendricks County. But don’t look for much in the way of rail shipments from here directly to the West Coast. The yard operates well below capacity. Meanwhile, CSX has been investing hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure upgrades to terminals in Ohio and farther east.
Progress Rail Services, which said last October that it would create up to 650 jobs in Muncie by 2012, now expects to employ just 250 people at the plant by the end of next year, according to a magazine.
Conexus Indiana, an industry-driven advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative, is spearheading the development of a
strategic logistics plan.
Spiking diesel fuel prices have deflated trucking stocks and made road kill out of many a small motor carrier. It’s sweet
irony for anyone who’s worn a pinstriped cotton cap to work. The rising price of diesel is poised to invigorate a mode of
transportation that trucks nearly annihilated–the 40 freight railroads crisscrossing the state.