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JAXPORT seeks to enhance Northeast Florida trade and transportation network
October 31, 2011
JAXPORT CEO Paul Anderson today announced the port, with assistance from the City of Jacksonville and the State of Florida, is seeking $25 million from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant of the U.S. Department of Transportation for construction of a $45 million Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) at the Dames Point Marine Terminal. The balance of the funding — $20 million — would come from the state.
The proposed ICTF would transport containerized cargo efficiently from ships to rail cars, increasing the port’s ability to move cargo quickly, reducing truck miles and decreasing exhaust emissions and highway maintenance costs. The project would also create employment and attract new business to the region.
“Adding an ICTF to JAXPORT’s already superior highway and rail connections will offer even more cost-effective solutions for shippers in an industry demanding efficiency and speed,” said JAXPORT CEO Paul Anderson. “By taking this opportunity to attract federal investment in North Florida, we can continue to expand our competitiveness and our economic significance to the region, state and nation.”
Anderson was joined for today’s announcement by Mayor Alvin Brown, State Rep. Lake Ray and CSX Vice President Clarence Gooden.
"In this economy, we must all work together to leverage greater returns from our scarce resources. JAXPORT is a proven economic engine that would put this investment to good use generating jobs in Northeast Florida while making Jacksonville a more attractive and competitive site for cargo,” said Mayor Brown. The U.S. DOT plans to award the TIGER Grants in early 2012. The JAXPORT ICTF has a target completion date at the end of 2014, contingent upon the awarding of funds.