DATE: February 1, 2013
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MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe, Public Information Manager
Broward County Board of County Commissioners
Florida Gov. Rick Scott joined Broward County Commissioners, Port Everglades officials and members of the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to officially break ground on the nation’s only combined on-site international and domestic cargo rail facility at Port Everglades. The new Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) will lead the way for Florida to attract new international business through its seaports and allow freight to move more efficiently between South Florida and the United States via rail.
“The rail facility that the FEC is building here today is an important link to our future,” said Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs. “Port Everglades generates big economic advantages that flow right into our community, making it an economic powerhouse. This project, the Eller Drive Overpass, the Southport Turning Notch Extension and deepening of the Port will create an estimated 135,000 jobs.”
Florida East Coast Railway’s new 42.5-acre near-dock ICTF will facilitate containerized cargo transfer through the Port to/from the FEC main line by mid-2014. The facility will be unique compared to similar facilities at other ports in that both domestic and international cargo will be handled at the site, which will result in the advantageous transfer for Port Everglades' customers and local companies.
FEC signed a long-term agreement with Broward County in March 2012 to build, operate and maintain the ICTF. Broward County contributed 42.5 acres of Port Everglades property, valued at $20 million, for the ICTF. Construction costs are estimated to be $53 million, which is funded by an $18 million grant from the FDOT and $35 million from FEC (including a $30 million State Infrastructure Bank loan from FDOT.)
Gov. Scott also announced the commitment of $13 million to begin work on the port’s Southport Turning Notch Extension project, which will increase dock space at Port Everglades.
“This is another example of Florida's commitment to our world class port system being a driver of our economy. This $13 million investment in our port system is one of the reasons why Florida's economy continues to move in the right direction and creates more jobs and opportunities for Florida families," said Gov. Scott.
FDOT is also constructing a $40 million overpass to elevate I-595/Eller Drive to allow the trains to access the Port at ground level for the ICTF. The project will elevate traffic over the rail tracks, allowing for a better traffic flow and increased port activity.
Photo Caption: (Left to right) Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter, State Sen. Maria Sachs, Broward Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness, Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca, Broward Commissioner Tim Ryan, Broward Commissioner Sue Gunzburger, Port Everglades Chief Executive/Director Steve Cernak, Broward Mayor Kristin Jacobs, Gov. Rick Scott, Former Port Everglades Director Phil Allen, and Broward Commissioner Barbara Sharief break ground for the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility at Port Everglades.