New rail terminal opens at Savannah port

By: SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP)
By: SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP)

A new rail transfer station is up and running at the Port of Savannah, expanding the bustling port's ability to move cargo by train.

Gov. Sonny Perdue drove the ceremonial last spike Thursday morning at the Chatham Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, which actually received its first train Dec. 22. It's used as a transfer point to move cargo between trains and ships.

The opening makes Savannah, the nation's fourth largest port, the only East Coast port with two on-site rail facilities. Its first rail transfer station opened in 2001.

Cargo arriving by train accounts for about 18 percent of business at the port.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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