Savannah port gets $44 million grant for rail expansion

[private]The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) is getting a $44 million federal grant that will help pay for expanded rail capacity at the Port of Savannah

Ports officials announced Wednesday the award of a Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The money will be part of a $128 million project known as the Port of Savannah International Multi-modal Connector.

“As the nation’s fourth busiest container port, Savannah’s continued rail expansion is a key component to freight mobility in this country,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

“This transformative project will not only increase rail capacity and velocity at the Garden City Container Terminal, but will also provide substantial benefits to surrounding communities by improving public safety, reducing environmental impacts and avoiding commuter traffic,” Lynch said.

“The Port of Savannah is one of the busiest ports in the country, which makes it the perfect candidate for what this program is intended to do: steer taxpayer dollars toward projects that matter most to America,” said U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, a Gwinnett County Republican.

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