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 10 freight railroads operate over 2,223 miles of track and employ 1,446 in the Palmetto State.* It would have taken approximately 3.6 million additional truckloads to move the 65.4 million tons of freight that moved by rail in South Carolina in 2019. Moving freight by rail prevented 2.41 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 472,000 cars off the road or planting 36.5 million trees. Intermodal and chemicals comprise the majority of freight rail shipments both beginning and ending in South Carolina.

*2019 data

Rail at Work

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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

Featured Rail Supply Companies

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Professional Transportation, Inc.
NRCMA
HDR
The Okonite Company
Wabtec Corporation
TTX Company
RJ Corman Railroad Group
Koppers Inc.

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44 percent
decrease

in rail rates on average from 1981 to today.


That means the average rail customer today can ship significantly more freight for about the same price they paid 40 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.