Florida East Coast Railway plans to expand the reach of its intermodal business in 2012, adding a second drayage “relay” station in Georgia and strengthening its partnerships with large U.S. truckload carriers, President and CEO Jim Hertwig said.
A new relay station in Valdosta or Tifton, Ga., will complement an existing trailer drayage facility in Savannah and offer shippers — as distant as the Ohio Valley — two-day truck and intermodal service to South Florida, Hertwig said in an interview.
Trailers dropped at FECR relay stations are hauled by the railroad to Jacksonville and shipped south on flatcars. Empty trailers are returned to the depots the same way, saving truckload carriers costly deadhead backhauls from South Florida. Continued