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Georgia Ports Authority breaks ground on $126m Mason Mega rail terminal

LBR Staff Writer Published 29 March 2018

The Georgia Ports Authority has broken ground on its $126.7m Mason Mega Rail Terminal, which will double Port of Savannah’s rail capacity.

The project will help the Port of Savannah to increase the rail lift capacity to one million containers per year, helping to open two new markets to serve cities from Memphis to St. Louis and Chicago to Cincinnati.

Once operational, Garden City terminal will feature a total of 180,000 ft of rail, 18 working tracks and.

The terminal will also have capacity to hold 10,000-foot unit trains, helping GPA to bring all rail switching onto the terminal and avoid the use of nearly two dozen rail crossings.

GPA is expecting that the new terminal will take over 200,000 trucks off the road per annum.

During the first half of this year, GPA is planning to build a pair of rail bridges, which will carry seven tracks connecting two existing intermodal container transfer facilities.

GPA intends to begin the operations of the new terminal by the fall of 2019, while the total project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020.

Mega Rail project is the latest in a series of Governor’s projects designed to turn Georgia as the transportation and logistics hub of North America.

The Governor also recently announced the 50% completion of the Savannah Harbor expansion project, a new inland terminal in Northwest Georgia, and $10 billion statewide transportation improvement plan. 

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said: ‘Not only will this new intermodal facility take trucks off the road and bring our products to market with greater efficiency, but it will open a new corridor for American commerce to and from the Midwest.” 

Georgia Ports Authority executive director Griff Lynch said: “The Mason Mega Rail project will expand rail capacity by 100 percent while reducing impact on the local community and throughout the supply chain.”

Image: Georgia Ports Authority has broken ground on a Mason Mega rail terminal project. Photo: courtesy of Georgia Ports Authority.