Improved Rail Service between Charleston and Charlotte - Global Trade Magazine
  March 28th, 2016 | Written by

Improved Rail Service between Charleston and Charlotte

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  • New service operates five days a week between Charleston and Charlotte using existing intermodal trains.
  • New intermodal service between Charlotte and Charleston the result of collaboration between NS and SCPA.
  • New intermodal service builds on existing intermodal network between Charleston and the inland port in Greer, SC.

The South Carolina Ports Authority has announced a significant enhancement to international intermodal rail service between the Port of Charleston and the Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility at the Charlotte Douglass International Airport.

Effective March 12, the new two-day Norfolk Southern service operates five days per week connecting Charleston and Charlotte using existing dedicated intermodal trains.

“This dramatically-improved containerized rail service between Charlotte and the Port of Charleston is the result of collaboration between the Norfolk Southern Railway and the South Carolina Ports Authority,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome. “It builds on the existing, high speed intermodal network between Charleston and the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer. Charlotte is most logically served via the Port of Charleston, and this link provides a very reliable rail option that has not previously existed. The Charlotte market is fast-growing and offers a very diverse containerized cargo base, including furniture, home improvement goods, general department store merchandise, and chemicals.”

Containers moving between Charleston and Charlotte will ride an existing Norfolk Southern overnight intermodal train between Charleston and Spartanburg, where they will connect to intermodal train service between Spartanburg and Charlotte.

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, Georgetown, and Greer, handling international commerce valued at more than $63 billion annually.

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