JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A terminal of a different kind is being built by JAXPORT, this one is a rail yard.
Years in the making with federal and state grants, JAXPORT broke ground with a "golden spikes" ceremony signalling the roll rail will have in moving cargo containers in and out of terminals at Dames Point.
On port property a $30 million state-of-the-art train yard will be be built along with five miles of track to move cargo in and out of the area by rail.
"The benefits are clear, fast movement of goods in the supply chain seeing more time efficiency," said Joe York who chairs the JAXPORT board.
The rail yard when finished will move 400 containers daily to and from the Northside terminals meaning fewer trucks will be on the road. One projection is that fewer trucks on the road will save the state $50 million in road maintenance expenses.
Congresswoman Corrine Brown who participated in the ground breaking says deepening of the St. Johns River to allow bigger cargo ships continues to clear hurdles in Washington.
She says pending legislation last Friday cleared a conference committee with all congress members signing off on the bill.
"All of our projects are named in the bill. I am excited about that," said Brown to applause from the crowd.