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PREPARING FOR GROWTH
THROUGH MULTIPLE MODES

T

he U.S. Department of
Transportation predicts that
the country's freight traffic will
increase by 45 percent by 2045.
In anticipation of that growth, U.S. ports are
continually increasing and improving their
intermodal and multimodal capacities.

Reaching for the
million mark
With its Mid-American Arc plan, the
Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) is using
intermodal improvements to expand the Port
of Savannah's reach to inland markets like
Atlanta, Memphis, St. Louis, Chicago and
Columbus, Ohio.
GPA has already made several upgrades to
its rail services to allow the faster, less expensive
movement of goods by rail to inland terminals.
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It upgraded its rail system to provide next day
service to Atlanta, and it built a short line from
the Port of Savannah to Cordele Inland Port.
The Appalachian Regional Port in Chatsworth
will soon provide a direct, 388-mile rail route
to Savannah's Garden City Terminal.
"We are taking hundreds of trucks a day off
the road," said Edward McCarthy, GPA COO.
Now the port has embarked on a $128 million Mega-Rail project. "We have both CSX
and Norfolk Southern on-dock facilities, but
they are not connected; they are separated
by a canal. The plan is to link them together
and then increase the current capacity of
the facilities," said McCarthy. The number
of combined tracks will grow from 13 to 18,
with the length either 2,700 or 3,000 feet.
"We will be able to build 10,000-foot
trains right here on our facility that can go

directly into Memphis and Chicago and
Atlanta," McCarthy added.
A FASTLANE grant (Fostering Advancements
in Shipping and Transportation for the Long
Term Achievement of National Efficiencies)
is providing $44 million of the funding; the
remaining cost will be borne by the port.
When the project is completed in 2021,
GPA will have the largest rail facility in
North America. "It will take us to the next
level. We did about 380,000 rail lifts last
year, and this new facility will give us one
million rail lift capability," McCarthy said.

Accommodating customers
The Port of South Louisiana, which
stretches 54 miles along the Mississippi River,
is the largest tonnage port in the Western hemisphere. Currently there are about $23 billion



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017

Latin American Ports Debate Globalization and Protectionism in Punta del Este
AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Anticipating Change … Progress Through Port Diversification
Creative Financing
Workforce Diversity
Preparing for Growth Through Multiple Modes
Highlights from the 2017 AAPA Annual Convention
Third Edition of the CMTS Federal Funding Handbook Now Online
Port Management in the Great Barrier Reef
Index of Advertisers
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - AAPA Headquarters
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - From the President’s Desk
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - Anticipating Change … Progress Through Port Diversification
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - Creative Financing
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - Workforce Diversity
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - Preparing for Growth Through Multiple Modes
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - Highlights from the 2017 AAPA Annual Convention
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - Third Edition of the CMTS Federal Funding Handbook Now Online
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - Port Management in the Great Barrier Reef
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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