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January 17, 2022 Group Watch: New Rail Project to Announced

Governor Ivey has announced the creation of the A-USA Corridor, a proposed $231.6 million program of rail projects to upgrade economic development infrastructure in central and southern Alabama. The first phase involves a $71.6 million initiative to link the Port of Mobile with the McCalla Intermodal Facility near Birmingham. This 280-mile rail corridor will also link mega economic development sites in Etowah, Shelby, Washington and Mobile counties, each totaling more than 1,000 acres. A fourth location in Jefferson County will see the development of a 104-acre site with up to 1 million square feet of warehouse space. The A-USA Corridor is a public-private partnership, with Norfolk Southern funding more than 50-percent of the project. Alabama is investing $5 million in the project, with the remainder coming from federal Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and safety Improvements Program grants through the Alabama Department of Transportation, in partnership with Norfolk Southern.

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