SCPA announces improved Charleston – Charlotte rail service

Written by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor
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South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) on March 10, 2016 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 will operate five days per week connecting Charleston, S.C. and Charlotte, N.C. 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 NS overnight intermodal train between Charleston and Spartanburg, where they will connect to intermodal train service between Spartanburg, S.C. and Charlotte.

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