MASON MEGA RAIL
Facility expands Port of Savannah’s service area
Rail on a whole new scale
The Mason Mega Rail project will deliver the largest on-dock intermodal rail facility for a port authority in North America, doubling the Port of Savannah’s rail capacity to 1 million container lifts per year. Expanded rail infrastructure at Savannah’s Garden City Terminal will allow for direct rail service to major Southeast and Midwestern markets. With 37 weekly container ship services and the most Neo-Panamax vessel calls in the South Atlantic, the Port of Savannah has the cargo capacity to quickly load 10,000-foot unit trains.
Increases the number of working tracks from 8 to 18
Doubles the Port of Savannah’s rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year
Cuts transit time by 24 hours to inland markets such as Memphis, St. Louis, Chicago and Cincinnati
Norfolk Southern grows from 350,000 annual lift capacity to 500,000 by the end of 2019
CSX will grow from 225,000 annual lift capacity to 300,000 lift capacity in 2020, and to 500,000 by the end of 2021
Adds 97,000 feet of new rail at Garden City Terminal, for a total of 179,000 feet
Mason Mega Rail to double rail capacity
The Georgia Ports Authority recently began daily dual rail service to Chicago via two Class I rail services – CSX and Norfolk Southern. This allows cargo at Garden City Terminal to be discharged from vessel to rail in less than 24 hours, arriving in the Windy City in less than three days. Aiding in the new rail service will be the completion of the Mason Mega Rail Terminal. Phase One of the project will be complete in March 2020. When Phase II opens in late 2020, the project will have doubled the port’s rail capacity to 2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units.