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Project Overview

The Canaveral Port Authority plans to file a request with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) for authority to construct and operate approximately 11 miles of new rail line to Port Canaveral in Brevard County, Florida. The proposed Port Canaveral Rail Extension would also utilize approximately 17 miles of existing rail line at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) to make a connection with a main line of the Florida East Coast Railway. The proposed rail line would begin near the Port’s North Cargo Area, extend west over the Banana River, enter KSC on Merritt Island south of Kars Park, and then turn north through KSC grounds where it would connect with KSC’s existing rail line. The construction and operation of this proposed project has the potential to result in significant environmental impacts; therefore, the Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has determined that the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is appropriate pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Project Updates

  • OEA is reviewing the Feasibility Study submitted by the Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) in January 2017 and the response to Information Request #4 submitted by CPA in June 2017. In its January 2017 submittal, CPA requested that OEA carry forward one build alternative – the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station route – for detailed environmental review and remove all other rail routes from further consideration. In coordination with the cooperating agencies and the Air Force, OEA is currently reviewing CPA’s Feasibility Study and response to Information Request #4 and considering CPA’s request. To view the Feasibility Study and response to Information Request #4, click here.
  • On November 9, 2015, OEA granted the Canaveral Port Authority’s request to temporarily suspend OEA’s environmental review. To view the correspondence, click here.
  • OEA issued a Notice of Intent and Draft Scope of Study for the EIS in the Federal Register, initiating the scoping process, on October 27, 2014. To see the Notice of Intent, click here.
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