Transportation & Access

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Transportation & Access 2017-12-13T21:54:10+00:00

Quick Access to the Southeast U.S.

Many businesses consider the southeast Georgia region a prime location due to the tremendous transportation assets in the region. Transportation assets include rail, interstate, and access to the skies.

Colonel's Island Port of Brunswick Economic Development


Interstate 95 runs North and South directly through Southeast Georgia and is one huge advantage of the Region. Interstate 16 and Interstate 10 are both a short drive North and South. Together with quick access to two container ports and the nation’s busiest ro/ro port (the Port of Brunswick) – tractor trailers are able to move goods to 80% of United State’s population in a two day drive.

  • 80% of the Nation’s population is within a two-day truck drive.
  • Interstate 95 runs north and south directly through the center of the region.
  • I-16 runs east and west and connects the northern part of coastal Georgia with Macon and Atlanta.
  • I-10 is just south of the Coastal Georgia Region and also runs east and west.
  • Coastal Georgia is served by numerous highways, including Hwy 82, Hwy 341, Hwy 280, and Hwy 21.


Southeast Georgia is perfectly situated between two major ports, the Port of Savannah and the Port of Jacksonville. Several companies have located in the region just to take advantage of having the option of two ports. The Port of Brunswick is located in the heart of the Region in Glynn County.

  • Georgia’s Ports move 20% of the East Coast’s overseas containers.
  • Port of Brunswick is the second busiest Ro/Ro port in the nation.
  • GPA’s total Ro/Ro cargo has achieved a 10-year growth rate of 8% — nearly four times the rate of the nearest competitor.
  • Port of Brunswick consists of three main terminals: Colonel’s Island, East River, and Mayor’s Point Terminal.
  • Colonel’s Island is the top Port for Roll On/Roll Off cargo – such as luxury cars coming out of Europe.
  • Port of Brunswick handles cargo for 21 domestic and foreign auto manufacturers.
  • Port of Savannah is the most efficient seaport operation in North America due to its large single-terminal design.
  • Port of Savannah harbor deepening project is 60% complete as of 2017 and the project is expected to be complete by 2021.
  • In 2017, Georgia’s ports grew at 8.3 percent, making them the fastest growing ports in the nation.
  • Port of Savannah has 9 containership berths and Port of Brunswick has two and one more on the way.
  • Port of Savannah is beginning work on a mega-rail expansion project in 2017 that will double the port’s rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year.
  • Colonel’s Island facility is on track to become Nation’s No. 1 auto port.
  • Capacity for Ro/Ro cargo at the Port of Brunswick has been increased by 50%.
  • Port of Brunswick has a capacity to handle 800,000 cars per year as of 2017.
  • In FY17, the GPA handled 607,000 units of Ro/Ro cargo in Brunswick.
  • In FY2017, GPA grew the terminal from 60,000 spaces to 90,000 spaces.
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, Mercedes and International Auto Processors have absorbed the new space at the Port of Brunswick.
  • The Georgia Ports Authority has increased operational space by a total of 200 acres, bringing auto processing space on Colonel’s Island to 600+ acres!


Southeast Georgia has quick access to three major airports that provide commercial air service:


  • Three daily flights to Atlanta offered by Delta Air Lines – only a 37 minute flight time!
  • 8,000 foot runway was recently repaved and can handle just about any size aircraft.
  • New rampspace recently poured.
  • Around 2,000 acres available for future development.
  • Glynn County is also home to McKinnon – St Simons Airport and the Jekyll Island Airport.


  • Non-stop departures from seven airlines, including: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, jetBlue Airways, United Airlines, Air Canada, Allegiant Air, and Suncountry Airlines.
  • Gulfstream Aerospace headquarters here and employs 10,000 workers at this location.


  • Located just 30 minutes outside of the Southeast Georgia Region.
  • Flights offered by: Air Canada, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, jetBlue Airways, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines.


Southeast Georgia is served by several short-line railroads and two Class I rail providers – Norfolk Southern and CSX.

  • The Southeast Georgia Alliance was originally formed in 2004 when six counties came together to finance a connector that would greatly enhance the rail lines that serve the Port of Brunswick. The connector track, appropriately named the “Phil Overton Junction, generates funds for the Alliance and has greatly contributed to the Port of Brunswick’s rapid growth in the automobile sector.
  • Served by CSX, Norfolk Southern, and several short-line rail providers.
  • Served by CSX, Norfolk Southern, and several short-line rail providers.
  • Rail runs through the region, the Port of Savannah is connected via rail to two inland ports in Georgia: the Cordele Inland Port located in west central Georgia and the Appalachian Regional Port located in Northeast Georgia.


Norfolk Southern has several lines that run through the area and can serve multiple sites in Brantley and Glynn County.


CSX can serve multiple sites in Camden, Charlton, Wayne, Brantley and Glynn County.

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