Georgia Ports Authority’s International Multi-Modal Connector/Mega Rail project creates a single, multi-modal facility to serve rail operations at the Garden City Terminal.
In addition to serving as program manager and engineer-of-record for the Georgia Ports Authority’s Savannah International Multi-Modal Connector, Moffatt & Nichol prepared the project’s environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact environmental documents to comply with U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Maritime Administration standards. These compliance documents were delivered on an extremely compressed schedule to respond to FAST grant requirements, while allowing the maximum remaining schedule for design and construction phases. A typical schedule for this level of effort runs in the one- to one-and-a-half-year range. The environmental document process for the IMMC/Mega Rail was completed in five months, including USDOT approvals.
When implemented, the project will move rail switching operations onto the Garden City Terminal proper, reducing local rail crossing delays. Regionally, the rail expansion will enhance operations for two Class 1 railroads, CSX and Norfolk Southern, moving cargo more efficiently to destinations throughout the southeast and central United States.