The backbone of the nation's economy, railroads haul the raw materials that American industries need and the finished products that consumers want. Generating nearly $265 billion in total annual economic activity, freight rail is responsible for moving 43 percent of all intercity freight and one-third of the country's exports. Those figures are expected to rise — the Federal Highway Administration forecasts U.S. freight shipments to grow by 30 percent between 2018 and 2040.
The U.S. freight rail system increasingly relies on intermodal facilities to provide a cost-efficient service combining two modes of transport — the movement of truck trailers or containers by rail and at least one other mode of transportation. Intermodal combines the door-to-door convenience of trucks with the long-haul economy of railroads.
With six railroads — including two major railroads and a short-line freight hauler — operating within county borders, Westmoreland businesses have multiple options for connecting to the global marketplace, and our world-class rail freight intermodal terminal makes the process easier.
Known as the Westmoreland Logistics Park - Rail Freight Terminal, the intermodal facility maximizes the use of Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP), a short-line freight hauler that connects users of the facility to an international rail network.
The county's terminal operator, Savage Safe Handling, is a full-service, bulk product transportation and toll processing company that operates some of the largest rail-to-truck transloading facilities in the United States.
Connecting to the rail network is key in that it enables the rail freight terminal to offer intermodal service and transportation with Canadian National Railway Company (CN), CSX, Norfolk Southern (NS) and Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company (WLE).
CSX - CSX Transportation
NS - Norfolk Southern
WLE - Wheeling & Lake Erie
SWP - Southwest Pennsylvania
AVR - Allegheny Valley
SWP offers daily, flexible, and customer focused service with connections to the rest of North American rail network via Class 1 carriers CSXT Transportation, Norfolk Southern, and regional carrier Wheeling and Lake Erie. This combination of high-quality local service, multiple long haul connections, and terminal’s location at the confluence of the region’s major highways makes it a significant asset not only to Westmoreland County to the region as a whole.
Amtrak's passenger train, the Pennsylvanian, operates once per day in each direction with two stations situated in Westmoreland County. The Greensburg Station, owned by the Westmoreland Cultural Trust, is located approximately 30 miles east of Pittsburgh at Harrison Avenue and Seton Hill Drive. The station — which the Pennsylvania Railroad opened in 1912 as part of a project to elevate the right-of-way as it passed through Greensburg — features a fanciful clock tower and is home to a restaurant. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977.
The Latrobe Station is located about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh at 329 McKinley Avenue in Latrobe. The station is near the center of the city. The station was opened in 1903 also by the Pennsylvania Railroad as part of a project to elevate the right-of-way as it passed through Latrobe.