On Track with Florida East Coast Railway, Insight from President & CEO James R. Hertwig

How Florida East Coast Railway is meeting the freight
demands of tomorrow

FEC_Hertwig (1)Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) continues to expand our capacity in order to meet future freight demands. Our attractive freight mix and efficient truck-like transportation solutions are keys to FEC’s advantage and the foundation to our success in the industry.

In response to future freight demands, FEC has initiated several projects, which include construction of an on-dock rail Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) at PortMiami. This facility allows FEC to directly serve port customers and accommodate larger capacity vessels traveling via the expanding Panama Canal. This $50 million project is jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Florida Department of Transportation, FEC and Miami-Dade County.  Initial on dock service began in October 2013 with full operations planned by December 2014 when construction is complete.

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In addition, the construction of FEC’s 43-acre ICTF and near-dock rail adjacent to Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, is nearing completion and set to open July 2014. This $73 million public/private partnership project between the State of Florida, Broward County, and FEC will be capable of handling both domestic and international intermodal containers and trailers. This facility will reduce traffic congestion, allowing port traffic to avoid public roads by entering the ICTF through a private gate and allow FEC to assemble trains without blocking any public roads.

FEC has several other plans to improve operations and expand capacity. These plans include replacement of our current dispatch system with a new state-of-the-art dispatching system; investment in track infrastructure to convert miles of single to double track; and purchasing new equipment including 53 foot containers for domestic business, new locomotives to increase capacity and improve fuel efficiency, and refrigerated trailers to serve the growing perishable business. FEC has recruited its first group of high school “apprentices,” to participate in a training program to supplement traditional hiring.

FEC is committed to providing full service logistics solutions for the freight demands of tomorrow.