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www.joc.com THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE 45 COVERING ALL COASTS Providing stevedoring and terminal operations in more than 42 U.S. ports and 80 locations Baltimore Baton Rouge Bayonne Beaumont Boston Brunswick Camden Charleston Concord, CA Coos Bay Corpus Christi Crockett Davisville Freeport Galveston Gulfport Houston Jacksonville Long Beach Longview Los Angeles Miami New Orleans New York Newark Norfolk Oakland Philadelphia Port Arthur Port Canaveral Port Everglades Port Hueneme Portland, ME Portland, OR Providence San Diego Savannah Seattle Sunny Point Tacoma Tampa Vancouver, WA Wilmington, DE Wilmington, NC PortsAmerica.com GULF PORTS ARE looking to intermodal rail in an effort to extend their reach farther inland for containerized cargo. Union Pacific Railroad recently com- mitted to another year of its Texas Shuttle for next-day deliveries of rail shipments between the Port of Houston, the Gulf's dominant container port, and Dallas. Ricky Kunz, the port's vice president for trade development director and marketing, said the service had been expected to carry loaded import containers from Houston but mostly empty containers on the backhaul to the port. However, he said the service is han- dling a substantial volume of export loads. Other Gulf ports also are trying to develop more intermodal cargo. Mobile and New Orleans have construction projects under way to develop intermodal container transfer facilities next to their container terminals. At Mobile, the Alabama State Port Authority is building the $36 million first phase of its Garrows Bend ICTF. Phase 1 will have two support tracks and one run- around track totaling 12,200 linear feet, and a 1,225-foot rail bridge linking the facility to the port's five Class 1 railroads and the port authority's Terminal Railway. Construction of the rail access bridge began last September. The port authority received a $12 million TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to cover part of the cost of the project, which is tar- geted for completion in March 2015. Port Director and CEO James K. Lyons said the ICTF will provide an efficient way to transport containerized freight to and from inland industrial and distribution centers in the Southeast and Midwest. At New Orleans, work began in Decem- ber on development of an existing railyard next to the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal into an ICTF. Port officials hope the ICTF will help increase the share of intermodal cargo, currently in the 20 percent range, that moves by intermodal rail. Six Class 1 rail lines — Canadian National, Union Pacific, BNSF, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation — fan out from the port. The existing railyard was part of the systems operated by Illinois Central, one of Canadian National Railway's predecessor companies. CN will be a primary user of the ICTF. The railroad provides transit times of 12 hours from New Orleans to Memphis and 29 hours to Chicago with one or two daily departures. New Orleans Terminal will operate the ICTF under lease. The $26 million project is funded primarily by $16.7 million U.S. Depart- ment of Transportation TIGER grant. At Tampa, the $11 million Tampa Gate- way Rail terminal opened next to the port's container terminal in 2012 as a public-private partnership between the port and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and CSX Transporta- tion. Kinder Morgan uses the facility to transfer deliveries of ethanol from Midwest plants. Port officials say the facility, which is linked to a CSX mainline, also could be used for intermodal trains. JOC — Joseph Bonney WORKING ON THE RAILROADS

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