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Service: Site Readiness

Location: Eastern U.S.



CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States and links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike.

Global Location Strategies was commissioned by CSX to identify prime sites for future industrial development with its newly revamped Select Sites program. The CSX Select Site program, launched in 2012, wanted to further assist companies and communities amid increasing competition for rail-served sites by introducing four levels of qualification — Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The four levels will help companies identify sites that best align with their needs.

CSX leads the program and works with landowners and economic development organizations to capture site-specific information in Lasso related to acreage, site characteristics, utility infrastructure, and more. The data is analyzed using customized criteria and scoring scales designed by GLS to evaluate CSX-served sites and identify opportunities for enhancing their marketability. The analysis includes environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, such as renewable energy usage, community impacts, and brownfield site reuse.

Since the rollout of the updated Select Sites program in 2023, 14 sites across eight states have earned a Silver or Bronze rating based on an evaluation of a wide range of site characteristics. The program is ongoing.

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Kellen Riley

Senior Director, Business Development

“GLS has been a critical partner to CSX in helping identify, evaluate, and ultimately improve properties to which CSX seeks to provide rail access for future industry. As part of CSX’s Select Site program, we have had the luxury of leaning on GLS’s broad knowledge and experience within the site selection environment—providing us and landowners with insights that result in a higher success rate of attracting new industry. Their team takes a hands-on approach, and we’re truly grateful for their partnership.”

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