Rail capacity is one of the main issues that faces the United States’s rail system. Many businesses want to increase their use of rail, but limited rail capacity of traditional rail-served communities and over utilized ports makes it difficult to utilize these services. Traditional communities that use rail, are finding less and less room for adding companies that would like to use rail and finding their rail capacity shrinking. With the growth in Intermodal traffic and other rail served businesses, some areas simply cannot support any more rail cars on their current tracks.
A recent article in The Daily Climate stated that, Energy users are now hogging the use of rail and crowding out agricultural rail users. In Montana, these users are shrinking rail capacity and causing agricultural users concerns for their future.
Another recent development in rail capacity is land associated with rail use has also become scarce. With the growing importance of rail, finding the right location with available land is an exercise in futility. But we do have an answer in Cedar City, Utah.
PORT 15 UTAH AND CEDAR CITY
Cedar City, Utah has a 21-mile branch that is severely under-utilized. Located in the heart of the intermountain west, Cedar City has access to railroad lines, trucking routes, and is only a few hours away from two major airports. Cedar City has room to grow. By relocating to Port 15 Utah, businesses have the potential of realizing considerable expansion.