The Tampa Gateway Rail terminal, a collaboration by the Tampa Port Authority, CSX Corp. and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., was inaugurated at a ceremony held Sept. 25. The terminal is expected to enter service by early November, The Tampa Tribune reports.
The facility provides the port with an on-dock unit train intermodal container capability, in addition to the unit train ethanol terminal. It is located next to the port’s container terminal, which currently encompasses 40 acres, with expansion planned as business grows.
“Today’s ceremony signifies a milestone in the port’s history and provides a strong vision of its future as the energy gateway to West and Central Florida and positioning the port to expand its intermodal reach for container traffic beyond the Florida market,” said Charles Klug, interim port director and chief executive, in a written statement.