- Georgia Ports Authority has acquired approval to develop capability with an inland rail hub in Gainesville, Georgia, based on a press launch.
- As soon as constructed, the Northeast Georgia Inland Port will be capable to deal with 60,000 containers per yr and assist alleviate a round-trip truck route of 602 miles on Georgia highways. The price of the undertaking is $170 million, based on the Gainesville Instances.
- Building for the terminal is slated to begin January 2024 and wrap up by July 2026, offered a grant from the Transportation Division’s Maritime Administration is finalized.
Georgia ports are experiencing regular development and making ready for much more cargo volumes — this time with a brand new rail terminal.
The port authority stated final month was the third busiest April in historical past, solely behind 2021 and 2022 figures, because it dealt with 12% extra TEUs than it had throughout April 2019, based on the press launch. The Port of Savannah is one in all a number of East Coast gateways that grew quickly through the pandemic, as shippers fled disruption and sought reliability and velocity from ports.
The port authority touted the lower in truck site visitors anticipated from the inland terminal.
“Cargo shifting to the area by rail will scale back truck use from seven hours to lower than half-hour,” Griffith Lynch, govt director at Georgia Ports Authority stated in an announcement.
The port authority is planning numerous rail hubs across the state to facilitate its development, which incorporates the Northeast Georgia Inland Port and no less than two different deliberate services. Its plan, referred to as Community Georgia, would supply direct paths from the Port of Savannah to varied different commerce lanes and permit cargo to be staged nearer to inhabitants facilities.
In the meantime, the port’s completion of the Mason Mega Rail undertaking on the Port of Savannah has already added 1 million containers per yr of rail capability.
“Growth initiatives spanning our berths, terminal house and rail infrastructure are delivering the capability we have to deal with our projected development for many years to come back,” Lynch stated.