MARAD celebrates increased efficiency and cargo capacity at Port of Corpus Christi project
U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen today joined Federal, State and local officials at the Port of Corpus Christi for a ribbon cutting ceremony marking a major step forward in the development of an expanded rail yard. A 2012 $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant provided the foundation needed for the $17 million project, the company said in its press release.
“This project alleviates a crippling bottleneck in one of our nation’s key export zones,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “That’s why we need Congress to pass the GROW AMERICA Act, because it will support critical projects like this and many others around the country that will improve the way we move goods while fueling continued economic growth.”
The rail yard will improve efficiency of existing cargo movement at Port Corpus Christi’s multimodal facilities, which previously had been a constraint on the port’s activities. The increased rail capacity of the Nueces River Rail Yard will help the port meet rising demands for project cargo shipping and anticipated increases in freight flows driven by global trade. It is anticipated that the expanded multimodal transit options will reduce carbon emissions, decrease congestion on landside corridors, and cut highway maintenance costs over the next 30 years.