The Florida East Coast Railway ('FECR') is a 351-mile freight rail system located along the east coast of Florida. It is the exclusive rail provider to South Florida’s ports and connects with other railway systems to move freight throughout the country. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, FECR provides end-to-end carload and intermodal solutions to customers that demand more cost-effective options without compromising service quality.
The Florida East Coast Railway's scheduled railroad service combines on-time performance with cost competitive rates. FECR’s drayage operation is provided through FEC Highway Services ('FECHS'), which allows FECR to provide truck-like service in the local markets it serves.
FECR also provides carload service and moves commodities such as aggregate (crushed rock), automobiles, bulk liquids, building materials, orange juice, electronics and other items Floridians consume and use everyday.
FECR provides distribution, transloading and warehousing services along the east coast of Florida. FECR partnered with PortMiami to help them build on-dock rail facility to provide faster and more cost-effective service to intermodal customers. Together, FECR and PortMiami are engaged in the FEC Rail Reconnection Project. The Project consisted of four phases: (1) reconstruction of the Florida East Coast Railway ('FECR') Port Lead, (2) rehabilitation of the bascule bridge that connects PortMiami and FECR, (3) the construction of an on-port rail facility, and (4) modifications to FECR’s Rail Yard to accommodate the increase in intermodal traffic. This project is actually part of a larger infrastructure investment program taking place at PortMiami. The other two projects are the Miami Access Tunnel and the 50-foot dredge. The Miami Access Tunnel is now open and moving traffic from PortMiami to I-95. The 50-foot dredge project was fully funded in 2011 through a $77 million grant from Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Transportation. This investment program will allow PortMiami to be ready for the Panama Canal expansion in early 2016.
FECR completed construction of a new Intermodal Container Transfer Facility ('ICTF') near Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) in July 2014. Both of these projects provide the ports with direct access to the FECR network and its intermodal terminals.
At a glance
Florida East Coast Railway ('FECR') operates 351 miles of mainline track, and is the only railroad along Florida’s east coast. Combined with their interchange with two Class I railroads in Jacksonville, FEC provides a vital link between Florida and the nation’s rail network.
FECR offers the most direct and efficient North/South option for transporting freight and has a competitive advantage due to the highly congested roadways in South Florida.
FECR transports an attractive freight mix of both intermodal containers and trailers. Carload traffic ranges from crushed rock, to automobiles, to other food and industrial products.