North Charleston City Council will hear from the public tonight in a hearing to discuss a plan to remove rail lines that pass through rural neighborhoods in the city, bringing business to the port. A new state port on the Southern end of the Old Naval Base in North Charleston would cause some rail lines to run through the rural part of the city.
Mayor Keith Summey has opposed the rail lines, saying he’s been working hard to build up that area. By hearing from the public tonight, city council and the mayor will have more of an idea what residents think. Summey wants to have the rail lines removed so the community can be better connected. However, the removal of these rail lines could create a problem for the State Ports Authority.
Opponents to the plan say the removal would possibly take away the competitiveness of the port. North Charleston has a tentative agreement with CSX transportation to be able to remove the lines.