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.