The Port of Corpus Christi is expanding to handle up to 100,000 rail cars per year. This will help the import of raw materials into the booming region that is stressed by the call on businesses from drilling and production in the Eagle Ford Shale.
"Rail has always been part of the Port of Corpus Christi — a great asset, but not a central focus.Today, engines pull an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 rail cars through the port each year. Facilities are designed to handle only 12,000 to 13,000 cars.
Delays haven't been a problem, Brogan said. However, if a port gets a reputation for rail traffic jams, business goes elsewhere.
Atop a sliver of land tucked between the Joe Fulton International Trade Corridor and the industrial canal's turning basin, the port's planned Viola rail yard will ensure things keep moving.
The $15 million expansion will give the port more rail storage capacity. The project also is a major step toward the port's goal of handling 100,000 rail cars a year, Brogan said.
Brogan said the project should be through the design and permitting stages by the end of summer, clearing the way for two-phased construction. The first phase will take 18 months."