Bigger Rail Connection Now Available

Charleston Regional Business Journal

Norfolk Southern launches rail service connecting Charleston, Charlotte

Staff Report 
Published March 16, 2016

Norfolk Southern now has rail service connecting Charleston and Charlotte five days a week, according to a news release.

The two-day service launched Saturday. It will connect the Port of Charleston and the Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility using existing dedicated intermodal trains.

Containers will ride the overnight intermodal train between Charleston and Spartanburg and then connect to intermodal train service between Spartanburg and Charlotte.

S.C. State Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome said in the release the new service “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,” Newsome said in the release.

More information is available by emailing the ports authority.