The recession and the slow economy have stalled construction of a Norfolk Southern intermodal facility in New Market, giving opponents time to try and get it relocated to a brownfield site. Morristown continues to work with the railroad trying to convince them to locate the intermodal on a brownfield site with existing infrastructure rather than on farmland in New Market.
The railroad has apparently ruled out a Greene County alternative, beside I-81, because the land is too hilly. Farmers in New Market are attempting to get the intermodal moved because it takes farmland and will bring hundreds of trucks to rural Jefferson County on Andrew Johnson Highway, miles from the interstate.
The facility would have semi-tractor trailers gather in one location to load onto railroad cars for transport over long distances, which saves diesel fuel and is more environmentally friendly. The trailers come back to the facility to be towed away by trucks on the interstate system. Norfolk Southern is attempting to build the facilities from northern Virginia to Birmingham.