A state-owned railroad is planning to build a 10-mile line to the future site of the Volvo factory currently under construction in Berkeley County.
Palmetto Railways is holding a public meeting Tuesday on the new line that will run to Camp Hall Commerce Park. Officials at the South Carolina Department of Commerce hope to open the line in 2019, a year after the Swedish automaker is scheduled to open its first U.S. manufacturing facility near Ridgeville.
The route is not yet set, but officials expected it to run between the industrial park and an existing line at Santee Cooper’s power plant in nearby Cross. The cost has not yet been determined.
The Post and Courier of Charleston first reported the plans, which will be discussed at a meeting in Cross Tuesday evening.
Palmetto Railways operates across the Lowcountry, offering switching services at the Port of Charleston and various industries in Berkeley County, including Nucor Steel, BP Chemical and Santee Cooper. The railway is part of the state Department of Commerce.