Dozens of state and local political, business and community leaders met today to talk about re-starting the effort to build an intermodal freight rail terminal in Erie County. Plans by DevelopErie were recently stopped after major opposition to the proposed site in Harborcreek. Today, PennDOT leaders told the group that the key to moving forward is public involvement in the site selection process. And convincing the public that a terminal where trucks load and unload freight from trains, will be a big economic boost to the region. PennDOT Deputy Secretary Toby Fauver said, "If Erie does not take advantage of it, the businesses in this area will find themselves less competitive with the shipping costs going up and trucking costs going up." In a poll at the meeting, many of the leaders supported the private sector taking the lead from DevelopErie in pushing the terminal project.