CSX: Your Questions

The planned CSX Integrated Logistics Center holds great potential for our area. With any project of this size there are questions regarding scope and impact. The Winter Haven Chamber wants to provide the most current information available and and allow the community to get answers about the project. We have found CSX officials to be straight forward and forthcoming with answers.

Shown below are the Frequently Asked Questions about the project. If you have a question you would like answered, you will find a convenient link below to submit your question directly to CSX officials.

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CSX Frequently Asked Questions for Winter Haven ILC


Q: What is an Integrated Logistic Center?

A: In the specific instance of the Winter Haven site, an Integrated Logistic Center, or ILC, will be a centralized hub of transportation, logistics and goods distribution anchored by a new rail-based intermodal and automotive terminal. Within the terminal facility, containers will be transferred from rail to truck (inbound) and truck to rail (outbound), In addition, vehicles will be unloaded and positioned for transfer to retail sales locations. The other important part of the ILC concept is the planned development of distribution centers, warehouses, light manufacturing and offices in proximity to the terminal facility. Being near the rail facility enhances freight movements to the final destination, reducing costs and the time necessary for such shipments.


Q: Why is the City of Winter Haven a good location for an intermodal and automotive terminal along with the ability to develop an Integrated Logistics Center in the future?

A: More than 1,000 people a day are moving to Florida, creating an enormous demand for consumer products. An intermodal and automotive terminal facility site needs to be as close to the center of the state as possible as well as offer other transportation benefits. The Winter Haven site is geographically suited to meet the needs of customers in major market areas (including Tampa and Orlando); provides the opportunity to acquire large acreage with 12,000 feet of frontage along CSX Transportation’s mainline track; and has access to SR 60, a major east/west artery, and to US Highway 27 and Interstate 4. This design allows traffic to flow without interfering with residential traffic in and around Winter Haven. Once the intermodal and automotive operations are established, distribution, warehouse/office and other development opportunities exist on the large, undeveloped tracts of land near the terminal facility.

Q: Where will the Winter Haven ILC be located?

A: The 1,250 acres of land that CSX has the right to acquire from the City of Winter Haven is south of and immediately adjacent to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant on Pollard Road and west of the CSX rail line. The access to the parcel of land will be via a public roadway to be established from SR 60 across Old Bartow Lake Wales Road to the southern boundary of the site.


Q: Will this project add additional truck traffic to Eloise Loop Road?

A: Additional truck traffic to Eloise Loop Road is not expected. The terminal facility was intentionally designed with truck access to SR 60 to direct truck traffic away from Eloise Loop Road and other similar residential areas in Winter Haven.

Q: When will traffic increase in the area relating to the project?

A: During construction of the terminal facility some increase in traffic will become apparent from time to time. As the terminal facility becomes operational truck traffic will increase on SR 60, again, as a result of the design of the terminal directing trucks to that main artery that has capacity for increased traffic volume. .

Q: Has CSX prepared a traffic study on the impact of the ILC?

A: CSX has not completed a formal traffic study at this time. CSX will be working with the Florida Department of Transportation and other governing agencies to comply with any requirements as part of the permitting process for the terminal facility initially and for the development of related uses on the adjoining property.

Q: Will trains entering and departing the intermodal/automotive terminal block nearby roads?

A: Trains should only block nearby roads as they travel at safe speeds into and out of the terminal facility. The terminal has been designed to accommodate trains to 10,000 feet in length. That will allow trains to pull directly into the terminal without stopping along the mainline track and blocking existing grade crossings.

Q: How many trains will come through the ILC each day? How long will each train be?

A: Initially, it is expected that 3 to 4 trains per day will enter and exit the terminal facility over a 24-hour period. The trains will vary in size. The maximum length in the near future is expected to be 10,000 feet with a majority today being around 7,500 feet in length.

Q: What is a realistic daily truck count?

A: Initially, it is anticipated that there will be 150 trucks in and 150 trucks out per day associated with the intermodal terminal operation. In addition, it is estimated there will be 240 vehicle carriers leaving the terminal and 160 returning to the terminal daily. These volumes will be generally spread out over the course of a 24-hour period.


Q: What is the timeline for construction?

A: The intermodal/automobile terminal is targeted to be operational at the beginning of 2009, which would mean that construction would begin in early 2008.

Under CSX’s contract with the City of Winter Haven, the purchase of the remaining 930 acres would occur by December 2010. Development of this parcel would not commence until required local, county and state approvals are in place.

Q: Has CSX built other ILC facilities in Florida or in the Country?

A: There are no other ILC’s in the Southeast or for that matter anywhere in the eastern US. CSX does have individual intermodal and automotive facilities throughout its system, including terminals in Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach and Miami. Combining the receiving warehouse with the terminal at the ILC does reduce the “cross-town” traffic where a terminal is built without adjacent warehouse development

Q: When will a site plan for the intermodal/automotive terminal be made available to the public?

A: A conceptual site plan has been developed and shared in public forums already. The formal design of the terminal facility is underway and should be completed in approximately four months. We will be sharing additional information as this process continues.


Q: Is the terminal facility open 24 hours?

A: Yes, the intermodal/automotive terminal facility is a 24/7 operation.

Q: What type of products will be loaded and unloaded at the terminal facility?

A: The ILC will be a destination point for consumer goods and automobiles moving to central Florida. These goods will be transported in containers and will be the same type of containers seen on trucks that deliver to Wal-Mart, Lowes, Best Buy and other retail outlets. Today, CSX’s Orlando terminal handles building supplies, new tires, food products, electronics, and other consumer products. New vehicles will be unloaded and shipped to auto dealers in the area. The ability to transport large volumes of goods to this centralized location can be more efficient for customers, lower shipping costs and reduce truck congestion on the state’s highway system.

Q: Will there be robotic movement of trains in the yard and what is the safety history of such equipment?

A: Remote control technology is currently employed at 51 CSX locations throughout its system (where hand-held devices are used to move locomotives and freight cars within a rail yard). The technology has been used extensively in several industrial applications for several years. The technology has evolved and today’s railroad applications are among the most reliable. No determination has been made for its possible use at the Winter Haven terminal. The use of remote control technology is closely monitored by the Federal Railroad Administration, which is the agency responsible for regulating safety within the railroad industry.

Economic Benefits

Q: What are some of the economic benefits the ILC facility will bring to Polk County and the City of Winter Haven?

A: Based upon an independent comparative analysis looking at other similar developments and adapting to this particular ILC, $173 million of direct and value-added economic output could be generated during construction. Over a projected 10-year build-out of the ILC, over $10 billion in economic output could be created and contribute nearly $400 million to state and local taxes.

Q: How many jobs will the ILC bring to Polk County?

A: Construction of the terminal facility would generate an estimated 900 construction-related jobs in the first year. Upon completion of the terminal an estimated 200 positions would be needed for operations.

Upon build out of the entire ILC project as many as 8,500 jobs in total could be created.

Safety and Security

Q: What type of security will be in place at the terminal facility?

A: Security and safety is a high priority for CSX. The terminal facility would have state-of-the-art inspection, security and surveillance equipment available.

Q: Will the local law enforcement have free access to the terminal facility?

A: Yes, local law enforcement authorities will have the same access to the CSX facility as they would any other location or facility. The CSX facility will be fully enclosed, fenced and equipped with security-monitoring equipment. In addition, CSX has its own police force that is available to monitor operations. Visitors will not be allowed inside the secured area without proper authorization and approval.


Q: What type of lighting will this facility have on-site during operating hours?

A: CSX is committed to being a good neighbor. CSX and the City of Winter Haven will work closely on developing standards that reduce public impacts, including the use of the latest lighting technology.

Q: Will the ILC produce a large amount of noise in our community?

A: CSX has a history of working with surrounding neighbors to minimize noise issues. An independent noise analysis has been performed to get an idea as to the projected increases above current background levels. Creating appropriate buffers and supporting whistle free quiet zones are some of the things that CSX has implemented in other communities. Noise abatement will be discussed in the site development process.

Q: How will the ILC affect our environment in regards to air quality, fuel runoff and debris near the facility?

A: CSX is committed to environmental stewardship and will meet all environmental standards.

Q: How will CSX address environmental concerns from diesel fumes and fuel storage?

A: The operations of the ILC are designed to move freight in and out of the facility quickly to reduce standing or idling. Only equipment that is fully compliant with state emission control standards is allowed on CSX premises. The fuel storage equipment located on the facility will be fully compliant with all applicable state and federal environmental laws and regulations.

Q: How will CSX address drainage concerns and potential effects on nearby well water?

A: CSX will comply with the regulations of all state and federal agencies with respect to the design and construction of drainage facilities.

Q: Will tank cars of hazardous materials be handled at the Winter Haven facility?

A: The legal definition of “hazardous materials” is quite broad and includes commonly encountered consumer products, such as gasoline in automobiles and lawn mowers, butane cigarette lighters, and cleaning products used in our homes. The automobiles, SUV’s and mini-vans received at the facility will arrive with some fuel, motor oil and other fluids in them. Containers of consumer goods going to retail stores might arrive with some of these products. Common consumer goods that are regulated as hazardous materials in transportation include window cleaners, paints, drain cleaners and batteries, along with many other products people use every day.

Typical public concerns over hazardous materials most often relate to industrial materials in large volumes that are shipped in tank cars — such as chlorine and propane. CSX will not be loading and unloading tank cars at this facility. These materials are generally supplied directly to heavy industrial users or to distribution locations in close proximity to the industrial end user. CSX is serving a different market with this intermodal and automobile terminal. This terminal has a specific design and intent to be a landing spot for consumer goods delivered in standard containers for distribution to the growing population centers in and around central Florida, and consumer motor vehicles to be delivered to local auto dealerships.

Submit Your Questions

CSX will work with area residents, the business community and government officials to answer all questions and concerns regarding the new intermodal facility. To facilitate communication among all groups, please send your questions to Dan Murphy, CSX Director Public Projects at dan_murphy@csx.com.

4 Responses to CSX: Your Questions

  1. Elizabeth Porter says:

    What is the status on the CSX line coming to Winter Haven now that Gov. Scott has pulled the plug on the high-speed rail? Or will it be affected at all?

  2. Mike says:

    So, what will happen to the residents of Sundance Ranch Estates on the other side of the tracks from the CSX terminal that is being set up to be built ? Will they have to relocate? Will CSX buy them out? When will CSX break ground on this project? So, far nothing happening since Winter Haven officials & CSX talked back in April 2010? Who’s liable if the trains wreck? The public needs to kno…now!

  3. Bob Gernert says:

    The CSX project will depend on Governor Scott’s decision regarding SunRail funding from Deland to Poinciana.

  4. Bob Gernert says:

    Those details will be decided after the Governor decides the fate of the SunRail Commuter project from Deland to Poinciana. Without actual details of a train wreck, deciding who would be liable is purely speculation. We suggest looking to actual incidents that have happened elsewhere in the country.

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