Rail & Intermodal Transportation
Metro Atlanta is considered the rail center of the South and is one of the five most important distribution centers in North America. The region possesses a critical combination of transportation infrastructure and geography that makes this metropolitan area highly attractive for business and commerce. When combined with the powerful transportation elements of interstate highways, Metro Atlanta is one of America's greatest inland ports.
Georgia has two Class 1 railroads, 16 local, as well as 1 switching and terminal railroad. The 5,000-mile network of main and branch lines running throughout the state connect in Atlanta. In the past year, 34.5 million tons of goods originated in Georgia and another 83 million tons terminated in the state. Both CSX and Norfolk Southern operate major rail yards and intermodal terminals in the metro area. Norfolk Southern's new $380 million dollar intermodal truck-train transfer facility, located less than 20 miles from Silver Comet, is the largest of its kind east of the Mississippi.
Georgia's growth has been linked to its role as an essential transportation and distribution base. The Port of Savannah is a deepwater, blue ocean seaport in Savannah that provides access to the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. Located only a few hours' drive from Silver Comet, Port Savannah is easily accessible via the U.S. interstate highway system. It is the fastest growing seaport in the country and the fourth-busiest. The port handles more than 2.3 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) of container traffic annually. Over the past few years, the port's container traffic has jumped 55%.