The Tampa Port Authority, CSX Corp. and pipeline operator Kinder Morgan have reached a deal to bring ethanol from the Midwest directly into the port on 100-car trains.
The authority and CSX will spend nearly $11 million on a rail extension along the port's container dock.
Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan will build a connection from the dock to its pipeline that moves ethanol to terminals where the fuel is blended with gasoline and pumped into tanker trucks.
Currently, tanker trucks or a handful of train cars bring ethanol into the port from train terminals in Tampa. Work on what officials call the first train-to-pipeline distribution system in the nation should be complete by September 2012.