Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Grant aids Port of Corpus Christi rail project

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The Port of Corpus Christi Authority (POCCA) has received a $10 million federal grant toward its Nueces River Rail Yard Expansion project. The grant comes from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program of the United States Department of Transportation.

The port's successful application came on its fourth try, according to port officials and consultant HR Green, Inc. 

HR Green, Inc. was tapped to determine the federal rationale for an earlier grant submitted by the port, which was rejected. In this year's application, HR Green provided additional evidence for the project's benefits to rail economics and greenhouse gas emissions.

The proposed improvements to the Port of Corpus Christi will expand switching capacity for the port's customers. Upgrades include the construction of a 7,800-foot unit train siding ,and an interchange yard along the north and far west side of the Port of Corpus Christi's Inner Harbor. The new POCCA facilities will be situated along the Joe Fulton International Trade Corridor.

The proposed unit train siding will have the capacity to store a full 110-car unit grain train or a 130-car coal train. The facility will be adjacent to the north side of the Fulton Lead and the proposed interchange yard, which will consist of four parallel ladder tracks ranging from 3,370 feet (52 cars) to 4,260 feet (66 cars).

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