June 2012

The Florida Factor

The Sunshine State's container gateways are vying for more intermodal freight, and they want to handle more of their own, too.

 

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Florida gears up for opening of Panama Canal

South Florida is primarily a consumer market. For every four container loads that head south down the Florida peninsula, only one full container comes back north. That offers excess capacity for shippers sending products up the coast. With the completion of the Panama Canal expansion, now targeted for early 2015, Florida is making major infrastructure improvements to ports and rail systems in hopes of attracting shippers looking to reach southeastern states quickly.

Amtrak taking new look at projected ridership on Treasure Coast

Now that the state has agreed to accept liability for potential rail crashes near Miami, Amtrak representatives say they are revising their 2010 ridership and revenue studies to make sure passenger rail service through the Treasure Coast is still feasible.

"The numbers we have are already two years old," Amtrak Government Affairs Director Todd Stennis said Wednesday. "I don't want to put a timeline on this revision. Of course, we want it sooner rather than later, but when we do get the numbers, we'll let everyone know."