Florida East Coast Railway

FEC locomotive

Florida East Coast Railway is a Class II railroad operating 351 miles of mainline track along the east coast of Florida. It is the exclusive rail provider to South Florida’s ports, linking them with the rest of the U.S. rail network. The railroad provides intermodal and carload service and moves commodities such as aggregate, automobiles, bulk liquids, building materials, orange juice, electronics and other items.

The Jacksonville, Florida-based railroad was founded in 1885 by Henry Flagler, who realized that the key to developing Florida was a solid transportation system. FEC has been a subsidiary of Railroad Acquisition Holdings, LLC, since 2007, itself a subsidiary of Fortress Investment Group, LLC.

22 May 2019
Group Mexico’s purchase of Florida East Coast Railway has opened up new opportunities for Florida ports to court all-water service from Mexico to bypass the congestion of Texas border crossings.
11 Jun 2018
Sponsored: Ferromex's Vice President Luis Hernandez on North American expansion strategy, and capacity, regulation challenges and opportunities for intermodal growth.
13 Sep 2017
Primary rail providers have said they are metering cargo even for routes that are operating normally.
28 Mar 2017
The acquisition, announced Tuesday, must still pass muster with regulators in the United States and Mexico.
15 Feb 2017
FECR operates about 350 miles of track along the east coast of Florida, and TRAC has an active fleet of more than 267,000 chassis.
20 Dec 2016
In the past year, busy terminals and traffic on roads connecting to the ports have left truck drivers waiting in hours-long lines to drop off and/or pick up a single load at Miami’s three container terminals.
18 May 2016
JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett and Florida East Coast Railway President and CEO Jim Hertwig sat down at the 16th TPM Conference to chat about the impact of the expanded Panama Canal on Florida ports and transport firms, the FECR’s new e-commerce platform, and the future of shipping refrigerated products in South Florida.
04 Jun 2015
Florida East Coast Railway is offering next-day intermodal service on Saturdays to Fort Pierce, about 240 miles south of Jacksonville. The weekend service will help retailers replenish shelves before Mondays.
19 May 2015
Florida East Coast Railway Tuesday unveiled a new online portal that allows the regional railroad’s customers to track freight shipments and equipment across its network.
30 Sep 2014
Florida East Coast Railway is preparing for completion of the Port of Miami’s harbor-deepening project in the fourth quarter of 2015 by purchasing new equipment and locomotives and offering expedited services to population centers in the Southeast.
22 Sep 2014
Florida East Coast Railway has acquired 500 new 53-foot containers and 100 chassis, as well as 50 refrigerated trailers to cater to customers in the perishables market. All of the units will be in service by mid-October.
Florida East Coast Railway
19 Sep 2014
Florida East Coast Railway launched at 53-foot domestic container service two weeks ago, giving North Carolina shippers a new option to ship goods to South Florida for either domestic consumption or to transload for export.
Port Everglades' new intermodal transfer facility.
17 Jul 2014
Port Everglades’ new intermodal transfer facility is up and running, and officials are hoping it will keep the Florida port competitive with other destinations in the Southeast.
James Hertwig
07 Apr 2014
James Hertwig, president and CEO of the Florida East Coast Railway, discusses the railroad’s preparations for the opening of the expansion of the Panama Canal, through projects at the Port of Miami, Port Everglades and the South Florida Logistics Center.
Florida's Port Everglades
16 Oct 2013
Florida Gov. Rick Scott pledged that he would ask the Florida legislature to include $14.7 million in funding for Port Everglades’ Southport Turning Notch project.
FEC's new rail facility at Port Everglades is set for completion in mid-2014.
11 Oct 2013
Florida East Coast Railway has announced that its $53 million, 42.5-acre intermodal container transfer facility at Port Everglades is making progress and is expected to open in mid-2014.
09 Sep 2013
William R. Costantini has been named vice president and chief transportation officer for Florida East Coast Railway (FEC), effective Sept. 16.
30 Jul 2013
Florida East Coast Holdings reported its net income in the second quarter of 2013 was $3.8 million, improving from a net loss of $4.1 million in the same period last year.
24 Jun 2013
Port Canaveral is pursuing the development of an inland port near the north end of Brevard County, Fla., in conjunction with the start this fall of the widening and deepening of the Florida port’s 3.5 mile channel.
09 May 2013
Florida East Coast Railway reported profit in the first quarter of 2013 was $4.2 million, compared with a net loss of $4.5 million in the same quarter last year.
19 Mar 2013
Florida East Coast Railway recorded a net loss of $13.3 million for the full year of 2012, improving $24.0 million, or 64 percent, from a net loss of $37.3 million in 2011.
06 Mar 2013
Florida East Coast Railway has appointed Melissa “Missy” Westerman as vice president and corporate controller, starting April 2.
21 Feb 2013
Progressive Transportation’s agent carrier, Christenson Transportation, and Florida East Coast Railway have teamed up to reduce delivery time between the Tennessee and Kentucky border to Florida.
21 Jan 2013
Freight rail system Florida East Coast Railway today appointed Francis J. Chinnici as senior vice president of engineering and purchasing.
Groundbreaking for the new intermodal container transfer facility at Florida's Port Everglades.
18 Jan 2013
Florida’s Governor Rick Scott broke ground this week on Port Everglades’ intermodal container transfer facility.
14 Dec 2012
The Florida East Coast Railway has signed a joint marketing agreement with Port Everglades to promote its new 42.5-acre intermodal container transfer facility in South Florida.
Florida East Coast Railway's new 53-foot containers
07 Dec 2012
Freight rail system Florida East Coast Railway has acquired 200 new 53-foot containers to expand its domestic business and replace older trailers.
Port Everglades
14 Nov 2012
The ports of Miami and Port Everglades and the Florida East Coast Railway are deploying a “build it and they will come” strategy to position South Florida as a gateway for trade with Asia in the new era of big ships.
25 Jun 2012
Stacks of Crowley and Seaboard Marine containers at Florida East Coast Railway’s Hialeah Rail Yard near Miami are a sign of the volumes South Florida’s ports see coming down their sea lane
23 Mar 2012
Florida East Coast Industries will launch a private passenger rail service linking South Florida and Orlando in 2014, the real estate and transportation company said Thursday.
01 Feb 2012
The opening of an intermodal rail container transfer facility at the Port of Everglades came closer to fruition after a county board of commissioners approved a 30-year deal with the Florida East Coas
03 Jan 2012
Florida East Coast Railway plans to expand the reach of its intermodal business in 2012, adding a second drayage “relay” station in Georgia and strengthening its partnerships with large U.