Broward County's Port Everglades is taking an active role in the state's multimodal freight planning initiative as David Anderton, Port Everglades Assistant Director, was recently appointed to the Florida Freight Advisory Committee.
The Advisory Committee works in cooperation with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to development freight connections that strengthen the state's position as a primary cargo hub in the United States.
"As the leading containerized cargo port in Florida, it is important that we have a seat at the table when it comes to planning for freight connections and the state's economic sustainability," said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Steve Cernak.
As Assistant Director of Port Everglades, Anderton provides oversight and direction for the development and implementation of short- and long-range strategic plans including facilities planning, capital improvements programming and implementation of the 5-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) totaling more than $700 million, economic impact analysis, grants writing and administration.
Port Everglades is Florida's leading container port, handling more than one million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the industry standard measurement for container volumes) and serving as a gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Located within the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Dania Beach, Florida, Port Everglades is in the heart of one of the world's largest consumer regions, including a constant flow of approximately 110 million visitors statewide and 6 million residents within an 80-mile radius. Port Everglades has direct access to the interstate highway system and the Florida East Coast Railway's 43-acre intermodal container transfer facility, and is closer to the Atlantic Shipping Lanes than any other Southeastern U.S. port. Ongoing capital improvements and expansion ensure that Port Everglades continues to handle future growth in container traffic. A world-class cargo handling facility, Port Everglades serves as an ideal point of entry and departure for products shipped around the world.
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