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Virginia Supreme Court to take up rail yard lawsuit

May 19, 2010
  • Norfolk Southern wants to build an intermodal rail yard along Route Eleven. Developers argue it will bring jobs and help take trucks off the interstate.
Norfolk Southern wants to build an intermodal rail yard along Route Eleven. Developers argue it will bring jobs and help take trucks off the interstate.

The Virginia Supreme Court will take up the case of a controversial rail yard in Montgomery County.

On Tuesday, the court granted an appeal of Montgomery County's lawsuit against the state. The county says public tax dollars should not be used to fund the private intermodal yard planned by Norfolk Southern. A judge in Richmond ruled against the county last year.

Norfolk Southern wants to build an intermodal rail yard along Route Eleven. Developers argue it will bring jobs and help take trucks off the interstate. Montgomery County says the facility ignores local zoning laws and is not in the county's long-term interests.

The supreme court's website did not list a hearing date for the case.

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