The Atlantic and Western Railway, a subsidiary of Gennesee & Wyoming, Inc., has opened a six-acre Choice TerminalTM to serve the Raleigh-Durham area. Choice TerminalsTM allow businesses without railroad spurs to take advantage of train service. They are equipped to transfer bulk goods between trains and trucks, with loading systems, weighing scales, and even warehouses. The latter allow manufacturers to work around minimum order requirements, take advantage of bulk pricing, and store goods for just-in-time shipping. The facility will help many businesses pad their triple bottom line, as trains tend to have lower costs and carbon footprints than long-haul trucks. The Sanford facility links to Norfolk Southern and CSX lines, giving users access to the entire North American rail system. Owens Corning is one manufacturer that intends to use the facility. It will make the Choice TerminalTM a hub for suppliers, who will ship to the warehouses in bulk. Then, single trucks can pull inventory to stock each manufacturing facility with the resources it needs in one shipment.