New Georgia Inland Terminal Planned
Clarence Gooden, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, along with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia Ports Authority and Murray County recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement, establishing the Appalachian Regional Port in Chatsworth, Ga. The new inland terminal will open just off Interstate 75 in north Georgia by 2018, and will funnel goods produced in East Tennessee, north Georgia, Alabama and parts of Kentucky to the deep water Port of Savannah, Ga.
"This public-private partnership, 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," said Gooden.
The facility will be owned and operated by the Georgia Ports Authority, and is intended to deliver finished goods more efficiently to the Authority's Garden City Terminal, the second-busiest container port on the East Coast after New York-New Jersey.
Port officials estimate the CSX rail route will reduce Atlanta truck traffic by 40,000 moves annually. 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 facility will handle import, export and domestic cargo. It will open with an annual capacity of 50,000 containers with a 10-year development plan that will double that capacity.