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South Carolina to draft statewide rail plan


South Carolina Public Railways is launching the development of a statewide rail plan. A division of South Carolina's commerce department, the agency recently contracted Wilbur Smith Associates to research and develop the plan.
The public railways division and commerce department are seeking a rail plan to determine the current inventory of large industrial sites in the state and find ways to develop necessary logistics and infrastructure.

To be completed in January 2009, the plan will review freight and passenger railroads' impact on economic development, and rail's role in the state's multi-modal transportation infrastructure, including interstate highways, ports and large industrial sites.

Wilbur Smith Associates will incorporate input from several government agencies, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Corp. short lines and local economic development groups into the plan.