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An Unbeatable Intermodal Network

Port Corpus Christi links business with regional, worldwide markets

When it comes to intermodal connections – railway, highway and waterway – Port Corpus Christi can’t be beat. Port Corpus Christi is served by three Class I railroads – Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF Railway Co. And Kansas City Southern Railway Co. – plus Genesee & Wyoming Inc.’s Corpus Christi Terminal Railroad short line, and the port’s rail links are looking to become even better with a new main interchange rail yard.

The $18 million Nueces River Rail Yard is being paid for in part through a $10 million grant from the U. S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. Port Corpus Christi is funding the remaining $8 million, with half that cost to be recovered via a surcharge on the railroads using the facility.

Over a five-year period, Port Corpus Christi’s rail traffic has nearly tripled, to more than 32,000 railcars annually, and the new yard, along with other elements in the port’s rail master plan, will facilitate efficient handling of still-greater volumes. Its 7,800-foot-long main track is designed to accommodate a 110-car unit train, with four parallel storage tracks combining to store more than 250 additional railcars. A second phase bodes to offer the ability to handle as many as eight unit trains.

Rail service connects Corpus Christi with commercial hubs throughout North America, including Monterrey, Mexico.

Port Corpus Christi’s uncongested highway links include the $55 million Joe Fulton International Trade Corridor, seamlessly connecting port facilities with Interstate 37 and stop light free truck transport to the Pacific Coast and other destinations throughout the United States. The corridor, which also includes parallel rail trackage, has helped open up for port facility development a 4-mile stretch of channel-front land.

The port’s straight, 45-foot-deep main shipping channel facilitates two-hour transit times to the port’s Inner Harbor docks from the Gulf of Mexico seabuoy off Port Aransas, with vessel transit times to Outer Harbor port facilities on the north side of Corpus Christi Bay, including via the 45-foot-deep La Quinta Ship Channel, taking even less time.

With federal authorization already secured for deepening the main channel to 52 feet, the future should bring the capability for Port Corpus Christi handling the largest vessels able to go through the expanded Panama Canal.

Furthermore, the ship channel provides ready access to the U.S. inland waterways system.

In addition, Corpus Christi International Airport, located just 7 miles from Port Corpus Christi, is enhancing its capabilities to serve cargo as well as passenger business, with a runway extension project and the offering of hundreds of acres of undeveloped land for warehousing and other commercial purposes.
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