Talk of Coast to Update Passenger Rail Route

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Oct 052015

According to the Post & Courier, the success of the State Ports Authority’s Inland Port has a group in the Upstate thinking about using the Charleston-to-Greer rail route for passenger service.

The South Carolina Passenger Rail Consortium is floating the idea of having twice-daily passenger service between the two cities, according to a report last week in The Greenville News.

Norfolk Southern passenger train

A vintage Norfolk Southern passenger train arrives at the State Ports Authority’s Inland Port near Greer in early 2014 as part of a special event.

“We believe we can fill the coaches with vacationers and business travelers,” Frank Ezell, founder of the consortium, told the newspaper.

Stand Up 4 Transit in the Lowcountry

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May 152015

On Wednesday, May 20, Best Friends of Lowcountry Transit will hold Operation Mary Bowers 520 to call on the supporters of transit in the Lowcountry to join a final push to persuade Mark Sanford and other members of our congressional delegation in the US House and Senate to support public transit in legislation now before Congress.

Horse Car similar to those in use at the time Mary Bowers stood up for transit in Charleston in 1867.

Horse Car similar to those in use at the time Mary Bowers stood up for transit in Charleston in 1867.

A History of Transit Riders Acting for Justice

In 1867 Mary Bowers, a recently liberated former slave was enjoying her new freedom to assemble and speak at a rally with other people of color in downtown Charleston. Mary decided to board the new whites only horse drawn streetcar system on Meeting Street and was thrown back into the street. Two days of “militant activism” followed during which federal authorities persuaded the streetcar company to desegregate the line. For a time whites refused to sit with blacks but by summer anger faded and they were seated side by side, a practice which survived until the 1890s. This was eight decades before Rosa Parks sparked another nationwide civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat on a bus.

Read about the events going on and how you can participate at the Hungryneck Straphangers site.

CSX Derailment in North Charleston Tuesday

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May 132015

Three empty cars of a CSX freight train derailed in North Charleston on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, temporarily snarling afternoon traffic. No injuries were reported.

CSX spokeswoman Kristin Seay said three empty hopper cars derailed around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday. Hopper cars usually carry a variety of loose products, such as coal or grain.

CSX Derailment in North Charleston

Seay said the train had two locomotives and 121 cars carrying a variety of products, none of which were spilled. The train was traveling from Florence to Hamlet, North Carolina.

By mid-afternoon, Seay said the derailed cars were disconnected from the remainder of the train, which was moved from the area. All road crossings affected by the derailment were cleared.

According to North Charleston police, a CSX train derailed shortly after 2 p.m., shutting down Montague and Railroad avenues, South Rhett and Spruill avenues, Spruill Avenue and Bexley Street, and South Rhett Avenue at Bexley Street.

By 2:45 p.m., City officials said the Bexley Street intersection had been reopened to traffic. By 3:15 all roads were clear.

The Charleston County School District had warned that some buses could be delayed in taking students home if they had to be rerouted

Charleston Peninsula Mobility Report Released

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Jan 222015

The Trustees and staff of Historic Charleston Foundation, in partnership with the City of Charleston, were pleased to release the Peninsula Mobility Report prepared by respected transportation expert Gabe Klein.Charleston Transportation Study The former Director of Transportation for the cities of Chicago and Washington, D.C., Klein is currently a visiting Research Fellow at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C. He is nationally renowned for implementing a variety of creative transportation improvements in challenging urban conditions.

Between July and November, Klein visited the city, spoke at two public forums and met with community leaders to discuss the future of mobility in downtown Charleston. To proactively address the future of transportation and mobility on the Peninsula as downtown continues to grow is one of the Foundation’s major advocacy initiatives, and the forward-thinking Peninsula Mobility Report provides key strategies toward a progressive and integrated mobility system.

Klein recommends the creation of a much more robust transit network downtown, which could include trolleys and better buses, and the construction of shared parking facilities along the upper peninsula that could serve as remote parking for our visitors and workers entering the city.

The Foundation will continue to work with the city and other partners on the important implementation stage of this report.

Read the report on the Foundation’s website.

New Group Forms to Promote Trolley Transit

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Dec 262014

Trolley Chs 1900'sAn advocacy group, Best Friends of Lowcountry Transit, announced its founding on Dec. 17, 2014, in part to pursue rail transit options. The group is an offshoot of another group, Hungryneck Straphangers, which has existed for five years.

Both groups plan to work to persuade Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA), the regional public transit authority, to consider the idea.

While Charleston used to have streetcar service in the first part of the last century, service in ended in February 1938 and was replaced by buses.

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Columbia-Charleston Passenger Route Wanted

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Jan 152014

St. Matthews Town Council during its Jan. 7 meeting unanimously endorsed a proposal by the Carolinas Association for Passenger Trains to reinstate commuter passenger service between Charleston and Columbia.

Town Administrator Dick Whetstone said he received the proposal from the CAPT asking the town to support the proposal that would enable passengers to more easily connect with Amtrak trains (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation).

Carolinas Association for Passenger Trains

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