America’s Central Port preparing for freight volume increase
America’s Central Port is preparing to transport higher volumes of freight, including ag products.
The US Department of Transportation is projecting freight volumes will increase by 40% over the next three decades because ocean vessels have doubled in size in the last few years.
Mary Lamie with St. Louis Regional Freightway tells Brownfield upcoming infrastructure projects will better equip them for the freight increase.
“Over $200 million is being invested to replace the Merchant’s Rail Bridge. That will double the rail capacity coming in and out of the St. Louis area. That’s going to reduce our rail rates and help benefit barge rates.”
She says they are introducing a new option for moving freight along the Mississippi River.
“Containerized cargo allows you to put ag products in a container and move it up and down the Mississippi River. This is an opportunity to reduce transportation rates.”
Lamie says having access to 3 major rivers, 6 class one railroads, and 4 major interstates make St. Louis a hub for moving agriculture products.
Brownfield interviewed Lamie at the InfoAg pre-conference tour at America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois.