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Georgia Ports Authority to receive grant to help rail expansion, traffic

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We’re learning about a new grant that's been awarded to the Georgia Ports Authority.

The $44 million from the Department of Transportation will be used to expand rail and help traffic. The Georgia Ports Authority is one of five ports to receive the grant.

The expansion project will increase rail capacity on the footprint. This will also include safety benefits by reducing environmental impacts and lessens commuter traffic.

New Executive Director Griff Lynch says this grant is vital to the ports' success.

“What this allows us to do is not only service the local community for a ports. But, continue to move that fence line out and we'll get locations like Memphis, Chicago and the Ohio Valley, all via rail. It puts us in a lead that most are envious of,” said Lynch.

We are told the expansion should start within six to eight months and is expected to last four years.

Lynch used to be the chief operating officer. His plan is simply to continue on the same path the ports were on under previous leadership.

“I plan to build on what they've started and that is continue to grow the ports in a sustainable way and serve the local community well and serve the greater southeast region in a way that is gateway port,” said Lynch. 

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