Proposed Port of Canaveral Rail Extension


Project summary:

​​The Canaveral Port Authority plans to file a request with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) for authority to construct and operate approximately 11 miles of new rail line to Port Canaveral in Brevard County, Florida. The proposed Port Canaveral Rail Extension would also utilize approximately 17 miles of existing rail line at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) to make a connection with a main line of the Florida East Coast Railway. The proposed rail line would begin near the Port’s North Cargo Area, extend west over the Banana River, enter KSC on Merritt Island south of Kars Park, and then turn north through KSC grounds where it would connect with KSC’s existing rail line. The construction and operation of this proposed project has the potential to result in significant environmental impacts; therefore, the Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has determined that the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is appropriate pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Scoping comments were due to the Surface Transportation Board by December 19, 2014​.


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