Murray County To Get Inland Port

July 28, 2015

As was telegraphed earlier, a second “inland port”, similar to a very successful one in Cordele, has been announced for North Georgia, in Murray County.  The Georgia Ports Authority Describes the Appalachian Regional Port from their website below.  What you need to know about it is this:  Currently about 80% of the freight that arrives from the Port of Savannah leaves by truck.  Every container that can leave that port by rail takes a truck off of the road.  By placing these “inland ports” around the state, the first leg of the freight traffic can skip our freeways and get the cargo closer to the end destination before it becomes traffic on our roads.  By placing an inland port in North Georgia, this freight traffic can now completely bypass Atlanta’s gridlock.  …and all the travelers of I-75 through Henry County said “Amen.”

From the Georgia Ports Authority:

The Appalachian Regional Port is a joint effort of Governor Nathan Deal’s office and the State of Georgia, Murray County, CSX and the Georgia Ports Authority. This transportation asset will provide a powerful new gateway to the Port of Savannah, the second busiest port on the East Coast.

  • The Appalachian Regional Port, through CSX, will provide a direct, 388-mile rail route to the Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal. It will create and expand international markets for regional businesses.

  • The inland port offers an efficient option to an all-truck dray to the deepwater Port of Savannah for target markets in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.

  • The availability of import, export and domestic transit will benefit shippers and Beneficial Cargo Owners (BCO) throughout the region.

  • Located in an industrial belt — including the production and export of carpet and flooring, automobiles and tires — the Appalachian Regional Port will make those commodities more competitive in the global market, while reducing carbon emissions.

  • The inland port sits on 42 acres in Northwest Georgia’s Murray County. The site features easy access to Interstate 75 and U.S. 411, as well as direct rail service to Savannah.

  • The state of Georgia, GPA, Murray County and CSX Transportation recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement, creating a partnership which will provide cost savings, traffic mitigation, and additional operational services benefiting shippers, truckers and steamship lines.

  • The facility will open by 2018 with a capacity of 50,000 containers per year. A 10-year development plan will then double that capacity.

  • Each container moved by rail to the Appalachian Regional Port will offset 355 truck miles on Georgia highways.

    Peach Pundit/GA Politics


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