The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) system handles something close to 6 million trucks worth of cargo every year. With I-75 and I-85, much of that moves through the metro Atlanta region. Currently, only 20 percent of that container cargo moves by rail. Ultimately, rail is one of the answers to our traffic issues and the GPA is working on increasing that rail capacity.

The latest effort from GPA is an expenditure of $127 million to build the Blue Ridge Connector, a new inland terminal in Gainesville that will link northeast Georgia with the Port of Savannah. Opening in 2026, the new rail line will serve a quickly growing region and an important economic engine for the state, producing heavy equipment, food and timber products.  

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