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Inland Port Study: CSX rail yard in DeWitt is only viable site

A rail yard owned by CSX in DeWitt is the only viable option for an inland port in Central New York, according to a study released by the New York Department of Transportation. (CNYCentral file photo of a CSX rail yard)

A rail yard owned by CSX in DeWitt is the only viable option for an inland port in Central New York, according to a study released by the New York Department of Transportation.

The study, conducted by Resource Systems Group, Inc., concluded the rail yard is the only site currently viable for a potential inland port because it is the only proposed site with a commitment for rail service, according to the DOT. Monday through Friday service is needed to generate interest from major suppliers in the area, the DOT says.

The goal of the Inland Port would be to reduce shipping costs and decrease the number of large trucks on Interstate 81.

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RSG's study concluded agricultural commodities and metals are growing exports for Central New York that would stand to benefit from an inland port.

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