Golden Spike Ceremony marks start of construction on JAXPORT Rail Terminal
May 12, 2014
Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and a host of other federal, state and local leaders gathered today to mark the start of construction on the JAXPORT Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) at Dames Point, which will provide on-dock rail service to JAXPORT’s North Jacksonville marine terminals.
The new facility, expected to be operational in late 2015, will complement existing on-dock rail facilities at the Blount Island Marine Terminal and will further enhance the competitiveness of both Blount Island and the TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point by facilitating the direct transfer of containers between vessels and trains, speeding up the shipment process and reducing the number of trucks on the road.
“What we are marking here today is one more milestone toward maximizing the benefits of the public assets entrusted to us,” said Joe York, Chairman of the JAXPORT Board of Directors. “We are building on an already outstanding transportation system that supports Florida’s role as a gateway for international trade into and out of the Sunshine State and the Southeast US. We are capitalizing on the recognition and investment we receive from our federal government, as a port of importance to the nation’s health and economic well-being.”
The project has a budget of $30 million, made up of both state and federal grants. In Dec. 2011, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation awarded JAXPORT and the City of Jacksonville a $10 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant toward the development of the facility. Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Dept. of Transportation have allocated an additional $20 million to construct the project.
“Once up and running, this facility will enhance our ability to generate jobs and prosperity for our fellow citizens,” said York. “The benefits are clear: faster movement of goods in a supply chain seeking ever more time efficiency, the environmentally friendly vision of fewer trucks on our roads and a clear competitive advantage that JAXPORT and our tenants and customers will market to the world.”
Joining Rep. Brown, Mayor Brown and York for the ceremonial driving of the first rail spikes were Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, Acting Maritime Administrator, US Department of Transportation; Jim Boxold, Chief of Staff, Florida Department of Transportation; and Clarence Gooden, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Chief Commercial Officer, CSX.
View photos from today's event.