Strategy AC3.3: Identify and prioritize studies for freight, intermodal centers, modal split, and rail improvements.
Improvements to the railroad infrastructure is critical to creating and maintaining a comprehensive, integrated transport system with the resilience and flexibility to reliably deal with unexpected changes. Deficiencies in the rail network place an undue strain on the road network, and vice versa, resulting in inefficient movement, delays, and added costs, as well as increasing safety hazards. In addition to general track condition and curvature, grade, and alignment, critical components include bridges, tunnels, grade crossings, yards, and communication and control systems.
Additional Information / Case Studies
The Western North Carolina Inland Port Feasibility Study was completed in 2009. The opening of the Inland Port in Greer, South Carolina is expected to impact freight travel through Western North Carolina because it will essentially move the Port of Charleston 200 miles inland. Imports, exports, and through-freight will likely increase.