Rail Intermodal

Coast-to-coast rail freight

As part of the North American International Freight Center, the Rickenbacker area has access to two of the nation’s largest rail providers, Norfolk Southern and CSX. These rail systems offer international and domestic customers the opportunity to reduce costs and increase competitiveness through coast-to-coast intermodal shipping options.

 Norfolk Southern Rickenbacker Intermodal Terminal

Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the eastern United States and also is a major transporter of coal and industrial products. Covering about 21,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, Norfolk Southern serves every major container port in the eastern U.S. and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers.

Track Rickenbacker Intermodal Terminal facts

High capacity, high speed, state-of-the-art facility

  • Opened at Rickenbacker in 2008

  • Served by double-stacked ocean container cars

  • Connected to major East Coast and West Coast seaports

Wheeled facility, non-stacking, with automated dispatch

  • Average truck dwell time less than 20 minutes compared to hours of queue at other ports

Serves both domestic and international ocean container customers

  • 75% international traffic / 25% domestic
  • Inbound is 55% from the West Coast / 45% from the East Coast

Currently processing over 260,000 annual container lifts with room to expand that capacity

CSX Columbus Intermodal

Another vital intermodal partner in the North American International Freight Center is CSX Corp. CSX provides traditional rail service and the transport of intermodal containers in the Columbus Region and beyond. Overall, the CSX transportation network encompasses about 21,000 route miles of track in 23 states, the District of Columbia, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

One-day truck drive

Situated between New York, Chicago, Toronto and Atlanta, Rickenbacker International Airport is a one-day truck drive to nearly half of the U.S. and one-third of the Canadian populations for trucking companies operating out of the Columbus Region.

With Rickenbacker’s access to interstates and area highways, multiple trucking companies and brokerages find it easy to reach more than 45 overnight service points.