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Industry Spotlight LOGISTICS New Jobs, Future Growth Coming to Dallas Intermodal Terminal South Dallas Hub serves as gateway for international goods T oday, dozens of companies rely on the intermodal rail freight within DIT to export and receive imports from across the globe. It serves as the gateway for international goods, which then travel to major population centers throughout the central and eastern U.S. DIT brings in trains, largely from Southern California ports, and then moves supply containers from the trains to trucks for final distribution. While the recession had stalled plans for the Dallas Logistics Hub, the development appears back on track and has the resources for growth. Over the past couple of years, companies have started to move into the vicinity. According to Dr. Terrance Pohlen, director for The Center for Logistics Education and Research at The University of North Texas, it’s only a matter of time before the Dallas Logistics Hub will emerge as a significant player, and partner, of the DIT. Union Pacific agrees. “Our Wilmer facility is, and will continue to be, a state-of- the-art anchor for the Dallas Logistics Hub,” said Robert Kelly, a representative from Union Pacific’s Intermodal Marketing Group. “Since the opening [of the Dallas Logistics Hub], real estate development along the I-45 corridor has been impressive, and green-field distribution centers along the corridor are continuing to be built. Highway construction, fueling facilities and container yards are also being developed to support the growing logistical infrastructure.” Most importantly, Kelly added, “jobs are being created.” z Some of the features of DIT include: •  365,000-lb. lift capacity and 4,000 parking stalls • 10-lane automated gate system entrance • Immediate access to I-45 • 24-hour, seven-day-a-week operations • Four loading tracks • Technology that decreases truck processing from four minutes to as little as 30 seconds • Adjacent to the planned industrial park The Dallas Logistics Hub is a planned industrial park adjacent to DIT. Spanning 4,300 acres, the Dallas Logistics Hub is a key piece of a broader inland port project in southern Dallas County. The inland port is a warehouse, industrial and transportation development designed to handle rising trade volumes. Access to I-45 and rail lines fuels the Dallas Logistics Hub. www.ntc-dfw.org North Texas Magazine 13