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Master Rail Plan

For the Principle Port of Virginia Facilities (SJ 69 Plan)

Final Plan is Now Available

Comment period ended April 11

The General Assembly initiated through Senate Joint Resolution 69 (SJR 69) the development of a Master Rail Plan for The Port of Virginia. The objective of this Master Rail Plan is to improve the overall competitive position of the Port through improved rail service to Port of Virginia facilities (specifically those owned or leased by the Virginia Port Authority), for the benefit of the Commonwealth and its citizens. The Master Rail Plan does not specifically consider private marine terminals or the bulk rail service (e.g., coal, grain or aggregates) to those terminals.

The DRAFT Master Rail Plan is built on the following major assumptions and findings:

  • The vast majority of rail cargo through The Port of Virginia’s marine terminals is containerized, intermodal cargo.
  • Intermodal rail service provides The Port of Virginia an opportunity to access major Midwest markets and new market sectors.
  • Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), Virginia International Gateway (VIG), and a planned future marine terminal on Craney Island are The Port of Virginia’s primary opportunities for intermodal rail service.
  • Other Port facilities have the potential to support development of other rail-served markets, such as agriculture or other commodities.
  • Rail-related developments outside The Port of Virginia facilities could have a significant impact, directly or indirectly, on Port facilities and operations.

Planning efforts to support rail freight are complicated by the competitive environment within which this activity takes place, where business plans are closely held by all stakeholders (ship lines, railroads, the Port, and their customers).

The DRAFT Master Rail Plan therefore identifies impacts, constraints, recommendations and other considerations regarding increased rail traffic on a terminal by terminal basis.

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