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Inland Port expansion can't come quick enough, rail moves surpass annual predictions

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Thursday, January 21, 2016

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The Inland Port at Greer's expansion, planned for fiscal 2017, would grow the facility to 70 of the total site’s 100 acres. The site presently uses 38 acres.
 
 
 

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The Inland Port at Greer's expansion, planned for fiscal 2017, would grow the facility to 70 of the total site’s 100 acres. The site presently uses 38 acres.

 

 

 

The Greer Inland Port more than doubled the facility’s December volume in rail moves, the South Carolina Ports Authority reported at Wednesday’s board meeting in Charleston.

The Inland Port handled 7,824 moves in December. Rail volumes grew 76.5 percent during its second full calendar year of operation, with 75,111 total rail moves completed in 2015.

The port has already surpassed initial annual volumes projected five years into the terminal operation. The 2015 fiscal year showed the port’s first full year of operations concluded with 58,407 rail moves. Monthly volumes peaked at 6,736 rail moves in June 2015.

By the 2017 fiscal year, Jim Newsome, S.C. Ports Authority President and said he expects to have the capital budget for the Inland Port expansion. Currently, the Inland Port operates on about 38 acres. An initial expansion would grow the facility to 70 of the total site’s 100 acres.

Expansion toward Moore Street is budgeted by the SCPA for 2017. “I predict that we’ll have to add to that physical footprint in the next fiscal year,” Newsome said last October.

The Inland Port opened in October 2013.

 

 

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