Georgia Ports Authority Approves Rail Expansion Project

The Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal. Photo: courtesy of Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton.


The Georgia Ports Authority's (GPA) board has approved expenditures of $42.27 million as part of GPA’s $128 million Mason Mega Rail Terminal. The project will expand the Port of Savannah’s on-dock rail capacity by 100 percent.

A total of $90.7 million has so far been allocated to the project. Construction should begin in December and be completed by the end of 2020. The board also approved a $13.2 million project to expand the existing Gate 8 at Garden City Terminal.

“What makes Georgia and the Georgia Ports Authority a continuing success story is the relentless effort to stay one step ahead of the curve and the competition,” said Jimmy Allgood, GPA board chairman. “The projects approved today will do exactly that.” 

GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch reported to the board that the port has experienced record container volumes that were up by 32 percent. He also noted that total tonnage for all terminals was up by 25 percent for an additional 661,290 tons of cargo.