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Port of Miami rail project expected to boost trade in the post-Panamax world

Friday, July 15, 2011


Construction begins today on a nearly $50-million rail project at the Port of Miami that is critical to the port’s plans to increase trade and attract the super cargo ships that will begin arriving after the expansion of the Panama Canal in 2014.

US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHoodand local officials are expected for the groundbreaking for the project, which will reconnect the port to the national rail system.

“This is all about the post-Panamax world,’’ said Bill Johnson, director of the Port of Miami. “This means we’ll be able to connect the port to 70 to 78 percent of the American population by rail in one to four days.’’

Original source: Washington Times