Every now and then we read some CSX related information that makes us go “Hmmmm?”
Here’s one for today: On the Central Florida Regional Planning Council CSX DRI page, there is a little spreadsheet available for download:
Evansville Western Rail* Terminal Truck Destination Summary (xls)
The spreadsheet gives percentages of truck traffic that will go from the Winter Haven ILC to Florida cities. Not actual numbers, mind you, but percentages.
Remember, CSX is moving the work of two hubs in Orlando and Tampa to one in Winter Haven. Their selling point is that it will take trucks off the road. You would think all those trucks must be currently going to Winter Haven. No, according to the spreadsheet, they’ll offload the rail cars in Winter Haven to send the trucks somewhere else. Where will the trucks go from Winter Haven?
Mostly, Orlando and Tampa.
Yes, CSX is moving rail yards from Orlando and Tampa so they can send trucks from Winter Haven back to Orlando and Tampa. More than 56% of the planned truck traffic will go to the Orlando and Tampa metro areas.
Top 10 Truck Destinations and their percentage of traffic. **
04.6% Ft. Myers
01.5% St. Petersburg
* – “Evansville Western Rail” is just CSX.
** – If you count Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Largo in with Tampa it jumps to 19%. And, isn’t Kissimmee really in the Orlando metro area? Maybe 56% is too conservative?