The Arc of the Future

DC Velocity — In September 2016, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), the operator of the containerport of Savannah and the break-bulk and roll-on/roll-off port of Brunswick, announced it would construct an arc-like rail network stretching across the country’s midsection. By building 97,000 feet of track linking the two rail yards at its Garden City container terminal, GPA would offer the two railroads that serve Savannah—Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS) and CSX Corp.—sufficient scale to build 10,000-foot unit trains to routinely run from Savannah’s docks to markets as far west as St. Louis.

Nearly a year later to the day, the largest containership ever to call on the East Coast, the 14,000-TEU (20- foot equivalent unit) CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, docked at Savannah after sailing through the widened and deepened locks of the Panama Canal, which accommodates vessels nearly three times the TEU capacity of the canal’s original design.

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