Officials support CSX in Johnston County; no deal in place
Posted March 23, 2016
Johnston County, N.C. — Following a closed-door meeting Wednesday evening, officials said they once again support a CSX cargo hub in Johnston County.
Tony Braswell, chairman of the Johnston County Board of Commissioners, said the board is in favor of CSX coming to North Carolina, but they couldn’t support a previous proposal that was originally presented, due to its effect on property owners.
In January, dozens of residents protested, arguing the hub would force them to move out of their homes and businesses.
Braswell told WRAL News that the board’s decision on Wednesday does not infer there is a commitment from CSX to Johnston County or the state, but the board does support a possible project.
CSX originally planned to build a $272 million terminal, referred to as the Carolina Connector, or CCX, east of Selma. The terminal would connect directly to the main CSX network and provide a major transshipment point for the container cargo to and from North Carolina ports.
Officials said in January that the project could create 1,500 jobs across the region.
There has been no recent communication between Johnston County officials and CSX, according to Braswell.
No additional information has been released.