Port’s Terminal Railway Wins Double Honors for Safety

The Port’s Terminal Railway operates 75 miles of track connecting port facilities to the seven railroads that serve it.

Alabama State Port Authority’s Terminal Railway has captured two prestigious safety awards, recognizing a year of operation with no accidents.

The Port Railway received two President’s Awards from the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association.

President’s Awards go to the railways with the lowest accident rates overall and the lowest per person-hour. The Terminal Railway achieved both benchmarks with no accidents in a calendar year.

Port Director and CEO John C. Driscoll described the achievement as “a tremendous accomplishment signifying our railroad’s professionalism and commitment to safe operations,” while Terminal Railway General Manager Cliff Melton said is represents “the prevailing good attitude found everywhere on our system.”

A railroad must have earned the Jake Award for outstanding safety to be considered for the President’s award. Terminal Railway has earned seven Jake Awards since 2007, including the 2019 with Distinction Jake Award as the railroad had both zero reportable injuries and zero reportable rail accidents.

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The Terminal Railway operates 75 miles of track, connecting the seven railroads serving the port with its deep-water operations. Last year it handled 164,321 revenue rail cars.

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