Source: adapted from Google Earth.
(Google Earth Placemark)
Rickenbacker Inland Port, Columbus, Ohio
The Rickenbacker Inland Port is a public / private partnership including the Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA), Capitol Square, and Duke Realty Corporation. It is located about 15 km south of Columbus, Ohio, which is an important manufacturing, agricultural and freight distribution hub with 47% of the American population located within a 600 km radius. CRAA is responsible for the management and operation of three airports in the Columbus area, one dedicated for passengers, another for freight (Rickenbacker) and the last for general aviation. It owns a 4,200 acres site adjacent to the Rickenbacker Airport, of which 40% was allocated for the construction of the Rickenbacker Global Logistics Park (about 16,000 acres). Capital Square is a real estate investment company in the Columbus region having assets in residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Duke Realty Corporation is one of the most important commercial real estate developer in the United States (involved in projects such as North Point in Savannah).
Rickenbacker Inland Port began its operation in 2008, anticipating the opening of the Heartland Corridor in 2010, which provides a double-stacked and double-tracked corridor operated by Norfolk Southern between the Port of Hampton Roads and Columbus, then connecting with the Chicago East-West corridor. It represents the first integrated (co-located) logistics park for NS where a new 125 acres intermodal terminal was built with the capacity of 250,000 lifts per year, which can be expanded to 300 acres. The goal is to take advantage of an improved and high capacity intermodal rail corridor towards a port that can accommodate containerships of more than 8,000 TEU with automated port terminal facilities (APM terminal Virginia; the largest private terminal in North America). The logistics park also offers free trade zones managed by CRAA (FTZ #138), which confers some flexibility in custom operations. One of the advantages of the site is its integration with air freight and the provision of warehousing space so that more diversified commercial opportunities can be captured.