Ap­palachian Re­gional Port to serve four-state re­gion

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C H AT S W O R T H , Ga. - Gov. Nathan Deal, state of­fi­cials and more than 350 busi­ness and civic lead­ers were on hand to­day to of­fi­cially open the Ap­palachian Re­gional Port (ARP) in North­west Ge­or­gia.

“The Ap­palachian Re­gional Port is a pow­er­ful new gate­way to the Port of Sa­van­nah that ex­tends the ef­fi­cien­cies of Ge­or­gia’s su­pe­rior port op­er­a­tions to new mar­kets,” Deal said. “It will also serve as an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment mag­net, draw­ing busi­ness and in­dus­try to the South­east U.S.”

Lo­cated in Mur­ray County, the new sta­teof- the- art fa­cil­ity will pro­vide lo­gis­tics so­lu­tions for cus­tomers in a four-state re­gion and re­move an es­ti­mated 50,000 trucks and 15 mil­lion truck miles from lo­cal high­ways ev­ery year.

“The ARP is part of our Net­work Ge­or­gia ini­tia­tive that brings ser­vices from the coast to com­mu­ni­ties around the state,” said GPA Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Griff Lynch. “The new in­land ter­mi­nal will pro­vide the same, su­pe­rior qual­ity ser­vices our cus­tomers have come to rely on: con­ges­tion-free, easy ac­cess, ex­pe­dited han­dling and re­li­a­bil­ity.”

Through in­ter­modal rail ser­vice from CSX, the Ap­palachian Re­gional Port of­fers cus­tomers across North Ge­or­gia, North­east Alabama, Ten­nessee and Ken­tucky a more ef­fi­cient op­tion to move cargo to and from Sa­van­nah’s con­tainer port.

GPA Board Chair­man Jimmy All­good said build­ing ad­di­tional lo­gis­tics as­sets helps ful­fill the Author­ity’s over­all mission.

“Our job at Ge­or­gia’s ports is very sim­ple - to build, op­er­ate and main­tain the very best in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices in the mar­itime in­dus­try. And, the ARP will be an­other ex­am­ple of this com­mit­ment,” All­good said. “We ap­pre­ci­ate the gover­nor’s sup­port for the ARP and other projects that have helped to make our ports what they are to­day. Gov. Deal knows what it takes to make Ge­or­gia the No. 1 state in the na­tion to do busi­ness.”

Han­dling both im­port and ex­port con­tain­ers, CSX will pro­vide ser­vice on a di­rect, 388-mile rail route to and from the Port of Sa­van­nah’s Gar­den City Ter­mi­nal.

“CSX is proud to serve re­gional cus­tomers through the ARP, which will un­lock new eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties while low­er­ing ship­ping costs,” said Dean Pi­a­cente, vice pres­i­dent of CSX in­ter­modal sales and mar­ket­ing. “We ap­plaud the vi­sion and lead­er­ship of Gover­nor Deal and the Ge­or­gia Ports Author­ity, as they drive Ge­or­gia for­ward in ways that will ben­e­fit both busi­nesses and con­sumers.”

The new rail ter­mi­nal will be worked by three

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