The National Gateway program is a public-private partnership between the United States government and CSX Corporation, designed to improve railway efficiency in moving goods from mid-Atlantic ports to Midwestern states. CSX also has an employee and retiree Web portal that they call the "CSX Gateway."
The National Gateway is a large-scale railroad infrastructure improvement project. The primary goal is to elevate tunnel clearances so that double-stacked trains can be used for freight. Bridges are also being raised, and new terminals are being built along existing rail corridors. In addition to economic improvement, CSX claims the project will lead to long-term environmental improvements such as less burning of fuel by highway trucks. The project is also expected to alleviate freight bottlenecks that occur in the Midwest, reducing transit times between coasts by 24 to 48 hours. CSX estimates 10,000 construction jobs will be created by the project.
As of March 2015, the first phase of the project, an upgrade to the lines between CSX facilities in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and northwest Ohio, has been completed. The second phase, which improves the lines between Jessup, Maryland, and Martinsburg, West Virginia, is being handled by Clark Construction and is scheduled for completion in May 2015.