Georgia Ports Authority and CSX Transportation signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish the Appalachian Regional Port in Chatsworth, Georgia. Its service area will include North Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and parts of Kentucky.
Operated by the Georgia Ports Authority, the Appalachian Regional Port will deliver goods more efficiently to the GPA’s Garden City Terminal, the second busiest container port on the East Coast behind New York-New Jersey.
CSX rail route will reduce Atlanta truck traffic by 40,000 moves annually, creating a new intermodal option to and from the deepwater Port of Savannah. Each container moved by rail to the Appalachian Regional Port will offset 355 truck miles on Georgia highways. The new inland port will sit on 42 acres in Northwest Georgia’s Murray County and feature on-terminal rail.
“The public-private partnership established which includes direct rail access to the new inland port, will expand access for domestic and international shippers, providing increased options for cost-effective, environmentally friendly transportation services,” Clarence Gooden, executive vice president of CSX said.
The Appalachian Regional Port will open by 2018 with an annual capacity of 50,000 containers. A 10-year development plan will then double that capacity.