South Carolina ports officials on Wednesday revealed their efforts to build a second “inland port” rail terminal away from the coast — this time in the Pee Dee.
The Dillon site is meant to provide rail access along the Interstate 95 corridor to points north.
“While our discussions are preliminary, the success of Inland Port Greer demonstrates the market demand for additional intermodal hubs to support growing volumes of cargo moving to and from Charleston by rail,” Newsome said. “We are working with CSX to determine the viability of Dillon, South Carolina as the location for our next inland port and hope to finalize our plans by the end of the year.”
The state’s first inland port opened in Greer back in October 2013. The Ports Authority expects it to handle 100,000 container lifts in the 2016 calendar year, equivalent to roughly 40 percent of the 2015 total at the Authority’s container terminals in Charleston.
A port consultant is studying facility design and footprint, costs, and construction timeline. The Ports Authority said it is pursuing federal infrastructure funding assistance through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program to supplement the capital investment required for the project.