2014: A boost to Norfolk Southern?
If everything in this article from NPR is accurate in 2014 a new wider lane will open in the Panama Canal and the only port on the eastern seaboard that can accomodate these largest of the large freighters is Norfolk, Virginia. Savannah, Charleston and New York City are not prepared to handle the size of these ships. It will take years, maybe most of a decade, for environment impact studies to be performed before any action is taken to dredge river bottoms, move bridges and contruct new docks at these three other cities.
My conclusion: With the increased traffic that will be coming into and leaving Norfolk, Virginia I may wager (put money where mouth is) that Norfolk Southern will see a major increase in business as a result. I have not looked into whether or not Genesee Wyoming operates in coastal Virginia but if they do I am sure they would handle some increase in traffic along with trucking companies that do business in the local area.