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For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2013
Media Contact:
Andria C. Muniz
amuniz@miamidade.gov
305-347-4962
786-299-2410

PortMiami and Florida East Coast Freight Rail Coming Back to Miami!


(MIAMI, September 30, 2013) - In a major boost to South Florida's cargo and logistics industries Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) is restoring freight rail service between PortMiami and major U.S. markets. The Port has been without on-dock rail service since 2005 when Hurricane Wilma destroyed the Port's rail bridge, but thanks to a federal grant the tracks have been restored and regular service is scheduled to begin next month.

The new PortMiami-FEC partnership will allow shippers to reach 70% of the U.S. population in four days or less by linking the Port to the national railway system.

Media are invited to join Florida East Coast Railway and PortMiami officials on Tuesday, October 1 from 4–6 p.m., for the first train trip between the Hialeah Rail yard and the Port and see how cargo containers will move on and off Port as Miami grows it container cargo business.

The tour will give media representatives an opportunity to experience first-hand the new on-dock rail service as well as other infrastructure improvements currently underway at PortMiami including the deepening of the port’s main channel to -50 feet, the completion of the port tunnel, and four new cranes currently on the way to the port.

Who:
PortMiami and Florida East Coast Railway Rail Service Preview
What:
Preview of New PortMiami-FEC Rail Service
When:
October 01, 2013, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Where:
Hialeah Rail Yard 7300 NW 69th Ave, Medley, FL 33166
Editor's Note:

 

Directions from Miami International Airport to FEC’s Hialeah Yard:

  • Start out going south on N Le Jeune Rd/ NW 42nd Ave/ SR-953 toward NW 14th St
  • Make u-turn at NW 14th St onto SR-953 N / N Le Jeune Rd / NW 42nd Ave
  • Take the US-27 N / Okeechobee Rd ramp
  • Stay straight to go onto E Okeechobee Rd / US-27 N / SR-25 N
  • Turn left onto NW 67th Ave
  • NW 67th Ave becomes NW 74th St
  • Turn left onto NW 69th Ave Rd
  • Follow NW 69th Ave Rd till you pass tracks
  • Guard Shack (event on right side of facility) 
  • 7300 NW 69th Ave, Medley, FL 33166-2503 is on the right. (appx 6.47 miles; 13 minutes) 

Directions from Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport to FEC’s Hialeah Yard:

  • Start out going west on Terminal Dr 
  • Turn slight right toward Economy Parking / Cell Phone Waiting Area 
  • Turn slight right onto S Service Rd / SW 2nd Ave 
  • Enter next roundabout and take the 1st exit onto E. Perimeter Rd. 
  • Turn left onto S. Perimeter Rd 
  • Turn right onto Griffin Rd / SR-818 W / SW 48th St; continue to follow SR-818 
  • Merge onto I-95 S via ramp on left toward Miami 
  • Keep right to take I-95 S 
  • Merge onto SR-826 W via Exit 12 toward North Turnpike 
  • Take the US-27 N / Okeechobee Rd exit 
  • Turn left onto US 27 S / W Okeechobee Rd / SR-25 S 
  • Turn right onto Milam Dairy Rd / NW 72nd Ave 
  • Turn left onto NW 74th St (Burger King is on the left) 
  • Take the 1st right onto NW 69th Ave Rd (right after railroad tracks) 
  • Follow NW 69th Ave Rd till you pass next set of tracks. 
  • Guard Shack (event on right side of facility) 
  • 7300 NW 69th Ave, Medley, FL 33166 is on the right (appx 27.52 miles; 41 minutes)