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1st trains arrive JaxPort's new $30M rail terminal

Jacksonville Port Authority photo
Jacksonville Port Authority photo

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The first train load of Jacksonville Port Authority's newly completed Intermodal Container Transfer Facility at Dames Point arrived Monday in support of a high-level military training exercise this month. The official opening of the facility for commercial container movements will take place later this year.

JaxPort is partnering with numerous U.S. Army units, including Jacksonville-based 832nd Transportation Battalion, for exercises aimed at expediting the movement of ocean-going military cargo, rehearsing the capabilities of personnel as well as the new terminal.

During the exercise, uniformed Army personnel are moving nearly 800 pieces of cargo, including vehicles, containers and equipment, from this state-of-the-art facility onto a nearby military ship. The facility allows cargo to move directly between ships and trains, speeding up the shipment process. Port officials said this extended the port’s intermodal reach and increases the region’s global trade competitiveness.

Construction of the $30 million ICTF was funded through state and federal grants. The facility is served by CSX rail lines.