New Intermodal Developments Make Kansas City a Freight Transport Hub

Posted : 04/29/13 5:21 AM

Kansas City is moving ahead with the development of inland port facilities that will see it continue to be an important link in the transport chain across continental America. In December the plans for a new intermodal facility in the city were given the green light by the courts1 and this has paved the way for the construction of a new freight transport hub that will become the central intermodal exchange in the US. The volume of freight traffic through KC has exceeded the current freight terminal’s efficient handling capacity and the new development is intended to build the transport hub that will be needed for the 21st century. KC already carries the greatest tonnage of freight of any facility in the US2 and with the expected growth in intermodal freight it will be vital for the city to be able to cope with increased volume in the future. A large part of the development is aimed at opening up a high volume link to Mexico from KC to take advantage of the growing potential for rail intermodal freight in that country. It is expected that a large part of the freight that is currently carried to Mexico on trucks can be moved to rail which will increase efficiency and reduce costs. In order to facilitate this going forward, Kansas City Southern, who are investing in the development of a 1340 acre intermodal hub, have established a Mexican subsidiary in order to handle the international end of their operations. Construction of Logistics Park Kansas City, another significant part of the transport hub, has begun with the first structures going up in early April 2013. The project is expected to be completed and in operation by October 2013 and will be the second largest rail hub in the country after Chicago. In total it is expected that the capacity of the freight facilities of KC should roughly double as these projects come online towards the end of the year. This will significantly change the way that goods are moved and take a lot of cargo off of the highways. It will reduce shipping costs and delivery times and be a meaningful contribution to taking action on the environment and the use of dwindling fossil fuel reserves that have loomed over the transport industry in recent years. It also continues to make transport a good investment on the markets which in turn should spur further economic growth in the sector. References: 1. http://www.joc.com/rail-intermodal/class-i-railroads/bnsf-railway/court-oks-bnsfs-kansas-city-intermodal-project_20121213.html 2. http://www.nuwireinvestor.com/articles/kansas-citys-freight-fortune-60707.aspx