The 350-acre East Kelly Railport provides access to dual rail service by the Union Pacific and BNSF Railway railroads through the San Antonio Central Railroad, a short-line Class A railroad operated by Watco Companies.
Watco invested $4 million at the Railport in 2012 that doubled rail tracks from 4 to 8 miles and expanded capacity four-fold from 5,000 to 20,000 railcars a year. The new infrastructure allows the Railport, particularly Port customer RLI Logistics Solutions, which has been based at the Railport since 2007, to better serve unit trains and transload customers ranging from nearby operations at the Eagle Ford Shale to cargo from sixteen U.S. states, Mexico and Canada. Rail business at the Railport doubled between 2010 and 2012—from 2,600 to 5,200 railcars per year. Current projections call for about 12,000 railcars by the end of FY2014.
Two rail-served warehouses built at the Railport by private developers between 2008 and 2009 total over 600,000 square feet for logistics and manufacturing operations and are now fully occupied. Elsewhere at the Railport, are currently 150 acres ready for development of future facilities.
In 2012, the San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) approved $6.24 million for improvements to the intersection of Quintana Road at Dunton Avenue—the main access point for commercial traffic into the Railport. Port San Antonio will contribute $1.56 million in design services and funding for land acquisition toward the effort, for a total project cost of $7.8 million. The project solves flooding at the intersection and in the adjacent Quintana Neighborhood and allows for more efficient and safer truck access to and from the Railport and the interstate highway system. Construction of the project will be led by the City of San Antonio and is expected to conclude in 2014.