Thousands Of Track Feet To Be Laid At SC Inland Port

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Mar 192013

Ground was broken on the South Carolina Inland Port earlier this month, and once it’s completed, it will utilize thousands of feet of railroad track to help provide a distribution hub for manufacturers, GreerToday reports.

More than nearly 8,000 feet of total line will be laid once the project is completed.

The SCIP, centered on Poinsett Street in Greer, will utilize an existing overnight train service through Norfolk Southern, and is expected to help potentiate economic development seen through the Port of Charleston.

The South Carolina Port Authority is pursuing a deepening project at the Port of Charleston, which has been fully funded by the State of South Carolina for $300 million and is slated for completion around 2019.

Poinsett Street in Greer

North Charleston and State Reach Rail Deal

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Dec 042012

SC Public RailwayNorth Charleston City Council gave its approval Tuesday to a settlement with S.C. Public Railways that provides for most of the state’s demands for new rail access on the former Navy Base. In exchange, the city will receive $8 million in cash and $6.5 million to resolve debt, along with land around the city’s Waterfront Park.

In the rail deal, the city walks away from fights over condemnation at the Navy base, as well as a claim against rail access to the new port site from the north end of the Navy base.

We will post more details as they come available. There is a public discussion of this being held tomorrow night, Wednesday the 5th, and we will know much more then. All in all though this is excellent news for the Charleston area. The legal fights, and fees, should go away, rail growth can move forward which will also aid port growth, and North Charleston will hopefully see some good new jobs created.

To see the full report from the North Charleston Patch, check out their article.

Getting Service Back On Track

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Oct 012012

Officials in two South Carolina counties and one in North Carolina are trying to get the area’s rail service back on track after more than a year without any.

Carolina Southern RailroadThe Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported officials in Horry and Marion counties in South Carolina and in Columbus County, N.C., have formed a committee to address the lack of rail service.

The officials from government and business consider rail transportation critical to the area, not only to support current jobs but also to encourage businesses to expand and to attract new businesses.

Conway-based Carolina Southern Railroad owns 93 miles of track in the three counties and has not operated since August 2011 because of structural problems on some of its bridges.

Information from: The Sun News,

SCPA Awards Contract for Inland Port

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Jul 162012

SCPA ResourcesOn Monday, July 9th, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) authorized the negotiation of a preliminary engineering contract with Patrick Engineering — the first step in the authority’s pursuit to develop an inland port in Greer to improve the efficiency of international container movements between the Port of Charleston, upstate South Carolina and neighboring states. Patrick Engineering will partner with South Carolina firm Davis and Floyd to conduct the preliminary engineering work.

“The successful growth of intermodal container movements in our state and the region requires the development of state-of-the-art container handling facilities in the interior able to ground loaded and empty containers, and leverage the efficiency and sustainability of rail transportation,” said SCPA President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Newsome. “The development of this facility has the potential, in time, to improve the movement of freight in this corridor by converting 50,000 all-truck container moves to more efficient multi-modal moves between the interior and the port. We see it as a game-changer for the port and state of South Carolina.”

Source: Progressive Railroading Daily

Rail Car Shortage Hampers Automakers

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Jun 202012

A shortage of rail cars used to haul vehicles from the factory to distribution points appears to be hampering transportation managers at U.S.-based auto plants according to a recent story in the Charleston Regional Business Journal. While Most shortages are afflicting the Midwest, Southern auto manufacturing facilities like BMW in Spartanburg County are keeping an eye out for potential problems.

Charleston reported in May that 15,887 units were shipped through its roll-on, roll-off facility at the Columbus Street Terminal, up slightly from 15,698 units in May 2011. The numbers include both imports and exports, a spokeswoman said.

For first five months of the 2012, Ro-Ro traffic was up more than 26% at Charleston to 96,427 units compared with 76,305 for the same period in 2011.

For the complete story with more details, please check out Chuck Crumbo’s article at the Charleston Regional Business Journal

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