Project Location

The project site is located in Hialeah Gardens, an ideal location for the facility because of both the volume of International exports the company will experience and the convenience of getting the materials they will required.

Hialeah Gardens, located 10 miles North West of Miami, has easy access to local, national, and international shipping. Miami-Dade County has an extensive freight system consisting of the Port of Miami, Miami International Airport, CSX and FEC rail corridors and terminals, and a dense infrastructure of private warehouse and distribution center facilities – all connected and served by a network of highway corridors.


Miami International Airport plays a key role as the fourth largest cargo airport in the country and the 11th busiest airport worldwide, handling over 2 million tons of freight in 2010. The airport is the gateway to Latin American and Caribbean markets, handling 83 percent of all air imports and 81 percent of all exports from this region.

MIA ranks as:
  • The tenth busiest airport in the world for freight;
  • Third in the United States for transporting international passengers;
  • First among U.S. airports for international freight; and,
  • Fourth among U.S. airports for total freight and 15th for total passengers.

Miami International Airport is served exclusively by truck, with a majority of the cargo originations and destinations to the nearby industrial and warehousing districts in the Doral and Medley areas. The airport generates thousands of trucks daily to and from these districts.


The Port of Miami is the largest container port in the state, handling approximately 30 percent of all containers moving through Florida ports, and the 11th busiest in the continental U.S. The Port exclusively handles international containers, with major import trading partners in the Pacific Rim, Europe, and Central and South America, and major export trading partners in the Caribbean, Central and South America, and the Far East in 2010. The Port’s sphere of influence extends from the South Florida counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, and Palm Beach, throughout the rest of the state. The Port handled 7.4 million tons of containerized cargo in 2010, representing nearly 850,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent container units). Imports and exports were split nearly evenly, with exports marginally outpacing imports. The Port of Miami is currently underway with development of a highway tunnel to connect the port directly to the Interstate system, will be restoring on-port intermodal rail service, and is currently the only Florida port authorized to dredge to 50 feet in anticipation of the Panama Canal expansion in 2014.


There are two freight operating railroads serving Miami-Dade County, consisting of CSX Transportation and the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC).

CSX- CSX Transportation is a Class I railroad that operates the most extensive rail network in Florida. Its freight network within Miami-Dade County is limited, consisting of carload and bulk service, including aggregate and general merchandise. It has a yard in Hialeah that supports its carload operations. It operates on the South Florida Rail Corridor (SFRC), which is owned by the state of Florida and used by Tri-Rail and Amtrak. As Tri-Rail service expands, the freight

FEC- The FEC Railway is a Class II railroad that provides north-south service along the Atlantic Coast between Miami and Jacksonville. The FEC provides exclusive rail service to the Port of Miami, Port Everglades, and Port of Palm Beach. It maintains the second largest railroad network in the State after CSXT. Its major South Florida facility is located in Hialeah, consisting of an intermodal ramp, auto terminal, and general yard. The intermodal facility in Hialeah had volumes exceeding 300,000 20-foot equivalent units in 2007. Additional cargo includes aggregate and automobiles. The FEC operates only freight service within the County, with an 80 percent intermodal and 20 percent carload mix of traffic. Container traffic is driven by the Port of Miami and Port Everglades as well as domestic consumer goods traveling southbound via the Jacksonville gateway. The railroad currently operates seven daily trains in each direction with a heavy imbalance – more products moving southbound.


The major roadway system within the County has been designated as part of either the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) or the Southeast Florida Transportation Council (SEFTC)’s Corridors of Regional Significance. These two systems are described below.

Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) - The SIS is a statewide network of high priority transportation facilities, including the state’s largest and most significant commercial service airports, spaceport, deep-water seaports, freight rail terminals, passenger rail and intercity bus terminals, rail corridors, waterways, and highways. The highway facilities account for more than 70 percent of all truck traffic and 55 percent of total traffic on the State Highway System.

Corridors of Regional Significance - The SEFTC designated Corridors of Regional Significance within Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties, which consist of 66 significant roadways. The roadways with the most truck traffic include the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike (HEFT), Palmetto Expressway (SR 826), Dolphin Expressway (SR 836), I-95, and US 27. Key points of congestion (including NW 36th Street, SR 836, SR 826, and US 27) occur around the industrial and warehousing districts in Doral and Medley near the airport and rail freight terminal.

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