Intermodal Update And Some Answers

I had the pleasure of speaking this morning with a number of people actively involved in the intermodal project that is a vision for Toledo Express. I went back and pulled some of handbanana's questions because he seemed a little unsure of how all this would work and confused about the process.
He suggested that the government was doing something because the Port Authority secured a grant for a freight road on the south side of the airport. Partially correct. The Port Authority secured the grant, they are not a government agency. The freight road is for expansion of property on the southside that will complement what the port authority would like to see on the north side.
He seemed confused about running new water mains to the airport. Not necessary. What the north side property needs is about 40 yards of pipe from the south side of Airport Hwy to the north side of the street. Once they have the permission interested parties will be able to see progress by end of year. These are not McMahon words, but the port authority. Having the water will allow the land to be presented as site ready which will attract the capital investment handbanana believes is uninterested.
Handbanana suggests allowing triple trailers to access the west side of the airport. Not necessary. The turnpike slip is in place already and trucks would access the turnpike from the intermodal site on the north.
The Intermodal Dept. at UT along with the Port Authority both believe the intermodal belongs on the north side and that the south side can be improved for further freight traffic.
Now, what's holding this up? Or should I say who? That would be Carleton S. Finkbeiner. The property owners on the north side have signed off on any future JEDZ and have signed off on being assessed the cost of extending the water line. The only thing at this point standing between Toledo and its future is the mayor. Why? As The Rock would say "It doesn't matter why". He is and he needs to be told to sign the paper now. You need to tell him that by phone or mail or in person.
And handbanana the LCIC is on board by the way, thanks for asking. Any other questions?

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More on intermodal, transportation and personal vendettas?
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Intermodal aspirations…
http://glasscityjungle.com/wordpress/?p=2994

A ton of podcasts on the intermodal at:
http://www.wspd.com/pages/fredstop10.html

A few others are listed:
http://www.wspd.com/pages/brianstop10.html

Other articles:
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa5333/is_200703/ai_n21284080

The more you educate yourself on this the sooner you will get angry and get on the phone and e mail the mayor to sign the paperwork. It's as easy as that.

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