Compiled by Matt Long, SCRN
The South Carolina Department of Transportation is looking into the possibility of a high-speed rail line the state’s future, in the hopes that the line can become part of a larger system on the East Coast.
SCDOT has applied for a federal grant to study the feasibility of a possible statewide passenger rail system. If approved, the $500,000 grant would fund the study while South Carolina would match a quarter of that. Transportation Secretary H.B. Limehouse says future rail lines would take some traffic off the state’s congested highways.
The City of Charleston is also considering a potential Southeast high speed rail corridor to link Charleston with Savannah, Florence, and other points north. The application was filed as part of the Federal High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program which officials are already using to plan a future high-speed line into Charlotte from Northern states.