Intermodal to bring trucks and economic promise

Local drivers who have traveled on Interstate 35 in southern Johnson County have likely noticed a large amount of dirt, concrete and machinery in constant motion outside of Edgerton.

While the physical effects of the new intermodal on its surrounding area in Johnson County are easy to see, the economic effects of this facility on Miami County are more subtle, but bring a great deal of promise, local leaders say.

The BNSF Kansas City Intermodal Facility is essentially an inland port. Instead of loading crates from a shipyard onto boats, large rail-based cranes will lower boxes from warehouses in 535-acre Logistics Park Kansas City onto and off of trains to ship across the nation.

One of the biggest questions area leaders have is, once those trucks leave the intermodal, where will they go?…

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