Rail tracks and crane pads are being installed for the new Florida East Coast Railways (FEC) Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) at Port Everglades. Slated to open this summer, the US$73m, 43 acre (17.5 ha) near-dock rail facility in the port’s Southport containerised cargo area will be used to transfer domestic and international shipping containers between ship and rail. It will replace FEC’s existing 12 acre intermodal yard, located several miles from the port in Fort Lauderdale.
In addition to installing the rail tracks and crane pads, buildings are under construction; the road to the facility is ready to be paved. The Port Everglades ICTF will enable FEC to assemble 9,000 ft (2,743 m) unit trains without blocking city streets and allow the movement of cargo through Port Everglades to/from Atlanta, Charlotte in two days, and Nashville and Memphis in three days.
Port Everglades contributed the land, valued at US$20m, for the ICTF. Construction costs, estimated to total US$53m, are being funded by an US$18m grant from the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Strategic Intermodal System program, a US$30m FDOT State Infrastructure Bank loan to FEC, and US$5m from FEC.