Public Comments May Be Submitted Through Dec. 19 On Proposed Port Canaveral Rail Extension Project

PORT CANAVERAL, FL - December 15, 2014 – The proposed Port Canaveral Rail Extension project, which would extend cargo rail service and increase cargo capabilities to Port Canaveral, is currently in the scoping phase of the environmental review process. During the past 18 months, the Canaveral Port Authority has studied and evaluated existing rail infrastructure and the feasibility and benefits of an extension, including investigation of numerous possible routes to minimize impacts to the region.

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is preparing a study that defines all actions, alternatives and impacts to be considered in the project’s Environmental Impact Statement. Public comments on the project may be submitted through Friday, December 19, to For updates on the rail project, visit

"We encourage the community to submit input for the STB to consider and address," said Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh. "Extending the rail line to Port Canaveral is critical for cargo expansion and job opportunities for our region."

Port Canaveral is the fifth largest cargo port in Florida, handling 4 million tons annually, including bulk, breakbulk, and containers.