Palmetto State Relying on Freight Rail to Meet Growth Challenges

Daily express rail service from CSX and Norfolk Southern helps the Port of Charleston take advantage of the deepest water in the southeast region. Freight rail service also helps the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer boost efficiency between the Port of Charleston and companies across the Southeast while bringing new economic investment in South Carolina Upstate. Freight rail service maximizes tonnage moved per gallon of fuel for importers and exporters, while reducing the number of trucks that would otherwise be required to move freight inland and creating economic development across the state.

South Carolina’s 13 freight railroads operate over 2,277 miles of track and employ 1,749 in the Palmetto State.* It would have taken approximately 3.8 million additional truckloads to move the 67.6 million tons of freight that moved by rail in South Carolina in 2014. Intermodal shipments and coal comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in South Carolina. Intermodal shipments and coal are the largest rail imports to the state.

*2015 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

South Carolina
Mike Miller
Mike Miller
President, Florence County Chamber of Commerce
D. Paul Sommerville
D. Paul Sommerville
Chairman, Beaufort County Council
Ted Pitts
Ted Pitts
President & CEO, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Featured Rail Supply Companies

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The Okonite Company
Orr Safety
Hagemeyer North America
Wabtec Corporation
TTX Company
RJ Corman Railroad Group
Professional Transportation, Inc.
Parsec, Inc.
Koppers Inc.
HDR, Inc.
Ansaldo STS USA

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43 percent
decrease

in rail rates, 1981-2014.


That means the average rail customer today can ship nearly twice as much freight for about the same price it paid more than 30 years ago. 

State Director

South Carolina
Christy Sammon

Christy Sammon

State Director

Christy Sammon joined GoRail in May 2015. She has 10 years of experience in the governmental relations field.