The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced that it will grant US$25 million to the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), supporting the expansion of Port Greer.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation, Norfolk Southern, BMW, and the South Carolina Ports Authority partnered together for the grant application.
In addition to the development of SCPA’s inland port, USDOT’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant will also help to fund an extension of Norfolk Southern’s Carlisle Passing Siding.
According to a statement, the expansion of Port Greer will increase terminal capacity, allow for additional storage, and boost efficiency.
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Also planned, as part of the expansion project, are additional processing tracks inside the terminal to improve rail capacity, as well as enhanced on-terminal facilities.
Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO, said: “As SC Ports continues to see record growth, this funding is critical for the expansion efforts at Inland Port Greer.
“This project will support local manufacturing, increase capacity for logistics growth, and improve transportation networks supporting traffic flows for imports and exports throughout the state and region.”
— South Carolina Ports (@SCPorts) December 11, 2018
Rob Martinez, Vice President of Business Development and Real Estate at Norfolk Southern, added: “This grant award underscores the importance in partnering to build for the future of economic growth in South Carolina.
“Completion of the Upstate Express Corridor is an essential component for each partners shared growth and we are grateful for this opportunity to build for South Carolina’s future.”
Sky Foster, Department Manager at BMW Corporate Communications, also commented: “The inland port has been essential for our day-to-day logistics operations and in our ability to expand production and add new models.”