Thursday, April 03, 2014

CSX Winter Haven intermodal terminal up and running

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
CSX affiliate Evansville Western Railway has begun operations at CSX Intermodal Terminals Inc.’s new Central Florida Intermodal Logistics Center (ILC) intermodal terminal in Winter Haven, Fla.

Located just off State Road 60, the 318-acre, state-of-the-art facility serves as a centralized hub for transportation, logistics, and distribution for Orlando, Tampa, and South Florida. Surrounded by 930 acres reserved for development of up to 7.9 million square feet of warehouse distribution centers and light industrial and office facilities, Central Florida ILC features five 3,000-foot loading tracks and two 10,000-foot arrival and departure tracks. It’s estimated the terminal will process up to 300,000 containers a year.

Central Florida ILC incorporates “cutting-edge technology that is efficient, innovative, and environmentally friendly,” CSX said. Several of its green technology initiatives include:

• Three high-powered electric cranes that minimize noise and emissions.

• Solar panels on each building that provide alternative and renewable energy sources

• High mast exterior LED lighting to reduce energy consumption and light pollution.

• Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for administration buildings.

While Evansville Western Railway owns the facility, the terminal is operated by CSX Intermodal Terminals, Inc. with rail service provided by CSX Transportation. Containerized freight previously handled at CSX’s intermodal terminal in Orlando is immediately being shifted to Winter Haven. CSX will serve the region’s intermodal market from the new Central Florida ILC and close its Orlando intermodal terminal. CSXT’s Taft yard in Orlando will continue to serve other rail freight needs.

“The Central Florida ILC will add yet another transportation and logistics capability in a state that’s already known for excellent ports, great highways, and extensive railroad connectivity,” said CSX Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Clarence Gooden. “The terminal will provide an anchor for economic development in the region and position Florida for future growth while reducing congestion on the highways.”

“Central Florida ILC is one of the most technologically advanced facilities of its kind in the country,” said Evansville Western Railway Chairman and CEO Tony Reck. “The ripple effect of this terminal’s operations will be felt statewide and beyond, ultimately setting the stage for future growth in the region. Without the tremendous support and visionary leadership of Winter Haven and state officials, none of this would have been possible.”