Governor Rick Scott broke ground on the nation’s only combined on-port international and domestic cargo rail facility at Port Everglades. The Governor also committed $13 million to begin work on the Southport Turning Notch Extension project which will add more dock space for Port Everglades. The new Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) at the Port will lead the way for Florida to attract new international business to the state through its seaports and support the creation of an estimated 135,000 jobs for Florida families. Today’s announcement comes on the heels of the Governor’s commitment earlier this week for $36 million of state funding for JAXPORT.
Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) Chief Executive Officer Jim Hertwig said, “The new ICTF will allow the FEC to efficiently and effectively deliver superior transportation service between South Florida and the Southeastern United States. Upon completion, this new facility enables South Florida to be in a competitive position for additional freight and jobs. This facility will be able to handle the additional cargo of larger ships that are coming out of Europe today and when the Panama Canal expansion is complete and beyond.”
Florida East Coast Railway’s new 42.5-acre near-dock ICTF will facilitate containerized cargo transfer through the Port to/from the FEC main line by mid-2014. The facility will be unique compared to similar facilities at other ports in that both domestic and international cargo will be handled at the site, which will result in the advantageous transfer for Port Everglades customers and local companies.
The completion of the Intermodal Facility, the Eller Drive Overpass, the Southport Turning Notch Extension project and the Port’s deepening project will ultimately create more than 135,000 jobs for Florida families.