Rail Loop May Help Great Lakes Shipping

Jan 4, 2013

A new, 4.5 million dollar rail loop linking the Port of Cleveland with main lines nearby is expected to enable faster, more efficient movement of cargo from the site.

The loop is considered a key new capability for the first major U.S. port that ocean freighters reach while sailing from the St. Lawrence Seaway into the Great Lakes. The railroad cars generally can carry more cargo and take it further than the trucks that typically move smaller loads to local destinations, such as factories. The port is trying to sell shippers on the idea that they can drop off cargo in Cleveland to be transported by rail instead of sailing further into the Great Lakes.