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Board delays possible sale of Heartland intermodal facility

August 8, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Public Port Authority board has decided to consider lease proposals and bids for the Heartland Intermodal Gateway Facility in Prichard.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the board made a motion Wednesday in Charleston to delay a possible public sale.

West Virginia Transportation Secretary Byrd White says the board discussed selling it because of a funding shortage.

Wayne County Commissioner Jeff Maddox says the county’s economy isn’t the best, but a sale for “pennies on the dollar” would be “a grave error.”

The board will further discuss options at its September meeting.

The $32 million facility opened in 2015 on 76 acres (30.7 hectares) donated by Norfolk Southern railroad. It’s designed to move containers more efficiently by rail through a double-stack method while offering a cheaper alternative to gas-guzzling trucks.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

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