Port of Victoria Completes Multi-Million Dollar Rail Expansion Project

Port of Victoria Completes Multi-Million Dollar Rail Expansion Project

April 01, 2022 

The Victoria County Navigation District is excited to announce the completion of its Rail Expansion Project at the Port of Victoria, which saw the construction of a 1.9-mile rail loop and 2,000-foot ladder track at the Port’s North Industrial Site. The project has created three available greenfield sites with direct rail access, ranging in size from 10 to 30 acres and expanded upon the Port’s multimodal capabilities. This benefits current tenants with improved rail access, and now allows the Port to accommodate multiple unit trains with 100+ railcars and adds additional railcar storage.

The completion of this project comes on the heels of the Port’s announcement of its new Texas Logistics Center, and the Port is eager to reap the rewards of its hard work. When asked about what the new rail loop means for the Port, Sean Stibich, Executive Director of the Navigation District, stated:

“With the Rail Expansion Project complete and the new Texas Logistics Center in the works, the Port is actively seeking business partners to take advantage of the improved infrastructure and Victoria’s business-friendly atmosphere. The goal of the Port is to build quality of life and economic opportunities for our citizens by increasing industry in our region. We look forward to the competitive advantage this expanded rail loop gives us in bringing new businesses and jobs to Victoria.”

The project, funded by a $6 million CARES Act Grant through the Economic Development Administration (EDA), required a 50%, or $3 million, match from the Port and came in $300,000 under budget. This grant and construction highlight the Port’s commitment to continued growth and showcases the backing from congressional representatives Senator John Cornyn and Congressman Michael Cloud, who both wrote letters of support for the project. The Port is also grateful for supportive local partnerships and its active memorandum of understanding with Victoria County, the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation, the City of Victoria, and the Victoria Regional Airport that allows for strategic collaboration to attract new industry to the region.

The Port of Victoria is excited about the potential their enhanced infrastructure, multimodal capabilities, and community support offers current and future tenants. Centrally located two hours from Houston, Austin, and San Antonio and positioned within a Foreign Trade Zone and a Texas Enterprise Zone, the Port of Victoria is the perfect location for your business. Contact the Port today to find a site with access to rail, water, and highway transportation, proximity to the Victoria Regional Airport, and a canal that meets Gulf Intracoastal Waterway parameters! Please visit www.PortofVictoria.com for more information or to schedule a tour of available sites.