The Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) unveiled its state-of-the-art Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) at Port Everglades Monday with a grand opening ceremony offering what is being billed as "South Florida's new global gateway."

The 43-acre site increases FEC's available intermodal capacity from 100,000 to 450,000 lefts a year and the unique, near-dock facility is expected to improve the transfer of both domestic and international containers between ships and rail.

Currently, those containers must be carted away from the port to rail terminals.

The ICTF will allow the FEC to build trains within the facility and allow cargo to move through Port Everglades to and from Atlanta and Charlotte in two days, and Nashville and Memphis in three days.

Further, the company adds that having empty containers adjacent to the port will provide more opportunities to trans-load import cargo for inland rail transport.

FEC says the new ICTF will facilitate faster delivery times and create less congested roadways by eliminating a high volume of trucks from state highways.





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