March 1, 2013
State and national leaders broke ground on South Carolina’s Inland Port in Greer on Friday afternoon.
The new $30 million project is said to be a game changer for the Upstate and the entire Southeast.
Speakers at Friday’s ground-breaking ceremony included Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Tim Scott and President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority Jim Newsome, to name a few. Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation Ray LaHood was also in attendance.
Leaders with both the government and private groups like Norfolk Southern Railroad touted the ports economic impact for the Upstate, South Carolina and the country at the ceremony.
Newsome said the port’s creation would serve 100 million consumers within 500 miles of Greer. He said the inland port along with the Charleston harbor would generate $2 billion in the next 10 years.
“It gives us one more reason to sell South Carolina; that this is the place to be,” Haley said.
The new inland port will directly connect the port of Charleston with Greer by train. The goal is to alleviate truck traffic on our roadways, while increasing the efficiency of transporting the containers.
Instead of loading containers onto trucks in Charleston and then driving them to the Upstate, they’ll now load them onto overnight trains. These double-stacked trains will be run by Norfolk Southern.
The inland port will be on roughly 60 acres located off the Verne Smith Parkway. It’s near BMW and adjacent to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer.
The project is expected to be completed in the fall, and will likely open in December.