See how Norfolk Southern is making green shipping a reality.


Everyone agrees, America faces an infrastructure crisis. Our roads can't handle all the traffic. But there are safe, affordable, green solutions if we invest wisely. Think about the products we need for daily life, everything from building materials and auto parts to clothes, electronics, and food. 

In the Southeast, millions of tons of these materials move in single driver trucks along a north-south route. What if, instead, we could move more of these essential items by rail? That’s where Norfolk Southern’s Crescent Corridor comes in. The existing rail corridor is a 2,500 mile network of track, that supports the supply chain from New Jersey to Memphis and beyond to New Orleans, serving some of the biggest manufacturing and consumer centers in the country and connecting them to broader marketplace. Norfolk Southern is making improvements to the corridor that will enable it to handle much more rail freight traffic, faster and more reliably. This includes straightening curves, adding passing lanes, double tracks and signals, building terminals, and running more efficient trains. 

These improvements will generate big public benefits, because they will help both trucks and trains in partnership do what they do best. For trucks, that means moving freight short distances. For rail, that means moving freight long distances. Increasing rail’s share of freight along the Crescent Corridor could save the country 100 million gallons of fuel a year.

How is this possible?

At full build, the Crescent Corridor should be able to absorb more than a million truck hauls each year from interstate highways. On average, a train can move a ton of freight 436 miles on a single gallon of fuel. And every mile that freight moves by rail results in two-thirds less greenhouse gas emissions. These are substantial public benefits when you consider that by 2012, trucks will account for 20 percent or more of highway congestion.

How can we achieve these benefits sooner? By partnering with government. We can upgrade the Crescent Corridor much faster. The Commonwealth of Virginia has already joined us. 

Under the public-private partnership model, Norfolk Southern pays for the benefits it will receive, while state and local governments are asked to contribute to support the public benefits. After all, the Crescent Corridor is an economic advantage for America. It’s an engine that promotes jobs, tax revenue, and business growth. It’s a safe, clean, fuel-efficient alternative to building new highways. It’s cost-effective. And it will be ready to go long before highway projects even get off the drawing boards. 

How do we know this will work? We know because we’re already taking trucks off the road, investing in our future, and thinking ahead to meet changing demands

Since the 19th Century, railroads have been the lifeblood of the economy. Back then, trains simply connected our communities. Today, we connect our communities to the marketplaces of the world. Norfolk Southern is the leader in modern rail transportation. With the Crescent Corridor, we’re investing for tomorrow.

We’re committed to transportation, past, present, and Crescent. 

Join us.

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The Crescent Corridor: Save 100 Million Gallons of Fuel
The Crescent Corridor: Save 100 Million Gallons of Fuel