New intermodal goes to North Baltimore. Local area misses out.

A golden opportunity wasted? While local leaders create domestic partner registries, compete for awards no one has heard of, work to find ways to fund COSI, fight about who is on the LCIC executive committee, we miss out on a tremendous opportunity. CSX will begin construction of a new Intermodal yard in North Baltimore. While not exactly Northwest, Ohio, this is exactly what this area was supposed to specialize in. In doing some research it seems that every area but Toledo (and Cleveland) is opening intermodal facilities. This is exactly the type of thing that the University of Toledo said we should focus on. Let's hope that maybe this was on the radar screen. But if it is news to you as it is to me, and seeing what our current priorities are, then I doubt it was. When will our leaders dig down and address the issues we need? Congratulations North Baltimore, some of us are envious of you.

A report in The Sentinel-Tribune in Bowling Green, Ohio, seems to confirm that assessment. The newspaper quoted Dan Murphy, CSX director of public project, as saying the railroad has acquired nearly all the 500 acres it needs in Ohio, and that while CSX had an alternate site in Indiana, no talks with local government there or preparation work had been done.

"We're working with the local government groups on permitting issues," Murphy was quoted as saying in The Sentinel-Tribune. "I guess we're going through all of the processes. It's positive. We'll probably have an official announcement before the end of the year."
Other areas gain, while we still talk.
Two hours south of Cleveland, for example, final permits are being sought for a $65 million intermodal terminal near Rickenbacker Airport in Columbus that is planned by Norfolk Southern Railway Co.

That terminal would enable truck trailers and containers to be loaded onto rail cars and shipped to locations such as Norfolk, Va. When completed, the Rickenbacker intermodal terminal is projected to create 1,500 jobs.

In southeast Columbus, CSX Corp. is countering with a proposed140-acre intermodal hub at Parsons Yard so that trucked freight can be loaded onto freight trains heading for various destinations including Florida and the West Coast. The cost of that project is $75 million.

When Akron's new Intermodal Transportation Center opens in January 2009, it will be where all Metro Regional Transit bus transfers are made.

According to Francis, the facility in North Baltimore, Ohio, already has the required land for the facility.

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This is not an opportunity missed. It is the continuation of Building A Region.(Dial up

The North Baltimore facility is for cargo arriving from Europe. North Baltimore is in Lake Erie West.

Still to be determined is the location of the Inter-modal Transportation Hub for cargo arriving from Asia. That cargo will arrive at facilities being constructed in the Vancouver area, will be transported via Canadian rail to a facility, location yet to be determined, in Monroe County (also in the Lake Erie West Region). Tony Reams, President of TMACOG, has already named this facility: The Lake Erie West Inter-modal Transportation Hub.

The sooner we stop thinking in terms of artificial political boundaries like NW Ohio & SE Michigan and start thinking regionally, the sooner the rest of the world will recognize our new global identity and address: Lake Erie West.


You should change your moniker to LEWET, since there's a big problem in that plan: Lake Erie West Except Toledo. Call my crazy, but you can't have a region properly defined if there's a big hole in the middle.

To an important extent, fixing Toledo is necessary. If we don't, then the LEW-hole will need to be expanded to encompass all of Lucas County (since by that time, a Toledo-ruled Unigov will be in effect, and Toledo's burning of tax dollars will become a conflagration that will suck in most prosperous entities in the county).

See you around, LEWET. Without I75 -- which joins prosperous regions by passing through Toledo -- you'd be nothing.

Hmm. Now that I mention it, what would it take for Toledo to convert the native stretch of I75 (from the MI border to the river) into a toll road?

But not in the USA. We only have two successful regions: Silicon Valley and The Research Triangle in North Carolina. Let's look at the cities involved:

First, San Jose, which was a cross roads(sort of like Berkey) before the computer boom. Then as Silicon Valley grew, San Jose grew to the size that it is today.

And, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Sleepy little college towns. They decided to create the Research Triangle. Guess what? They all grew like crazy! And, because of its close proximity to the Research Triangle, Charlotte also grew.

Moral to the story: As the regions grew, so grew the cities. Want to see Toledo grow? Concentrate on growing the Lake Erie West Region!


Growing the region in that way is up to the Capitalists. They'd rather play with their money in the stock market, or in opening up a plant in China (to sell cheap Chinese plastic shit to Americans while their credit still exists).

You're only advocating by implication that the government should use tax revenue to shower the corporations with cash. That's theft, LEW(ET).

The government's only real power to persuade involves lowering everyone's taxes and reducing restrictions overall. Anything else is essentially a hijacking of the government.

Do you want to see Ohio (and your beloved LEWET) swarmed with companies, techies and MBAs? Drop the state and local income taxes to ZERO. FOR EVERYONE.

While not exactly Northwest, Ohio, this is exactly what this area was supposed to specialize in.

How is NB not in NW Ohio? Isn't it in the BG/Findlay Area??

Be that as it may, the second half of the sentence is spot on - when the local politico's talk about the "potential" of this area they keep saying transportation, transportation, transportation...

If that's the case, how come so many transportation opportunities are looking elsewhere, in this area??

Location and ease of getting from here to there.

If we compare the ease of the area selected and our neck of the woods, we could see the ease of getting on and off major highways and the ease for transportation companies to move the freight effectively and with cost savings, like fuel and mileage reductions.

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