As part of the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program, the North Carolina Ports Authority receives $18 million in federal grants for the construction of a intermodal yard facility. According to the USDOT, the funding of the project will speed up the loading and discharging of the goods in the port.

The project of the port authority is one of the six recipients in North Carolina getting a cut from the $60.2 million allocation for the state, and is expected to be completely operational by 2025.

Port City Daily further reported:

“This project will enable N.C. Ports to increase the volume of containers we move by rail from 14,000 containers a year to up to 50,000 containers a year,” NC Ports spokesperson Christina Hallingse said.

The funding also covers paving 9.7 acres around the rail sidings and three reach-stackers to load rail cars, along with a secluded area near the U.S. Customs and Border Protection required Radiation Portals.

The project will allow the port to reduce its reliance on truck deliveries and alleviate pressure on the national and global supply chain. According to the United States Department of Transportation, it will divert almost 250,000 container boxes from trucks to rail over the next decade.