Public Meetings Set On Port’s Plans for Rail Service
By Space Coast Daily // October 31, 2014
two public meetings established in November
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The public will have an opportunity to give input on Port Canaveral’s proposal to have direct rail service to and from the north cargo area connecting to the Florida East Coast Railway.
The Canaveral Port Authority plans to request authority from the Surface Transportation Board to build and operate an 11-mile extension of new rail from the Port to the 17 miles of existing NASA rail line at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), which links to Florida East Coast Railway. This direct access to freight rail service would help facilitate cargo expansion at Port Canaveral.
Under the current proposal, the new rail line would begin near the Port’s north cargo area, extend west across the Banana River, enter KSC on Merritt Island south of Kars Park, and then turn north through KSC grounds where it would connect with KSC’s existing rail line.
Stakeholders, including residents, governmental agencies, environmental groups, and the maritime industry are able to provide verbal or written comments. Public meeting dates and locations are:
November 18, 5-8 p.m.
• John Henry Jones Gym, Titusville Campus of Eastern Florida State College
November 19, 5-8 p.m.
• Convention Center, Radisson Resort at the Port