SC ports agency going ahead with inland port

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina State Ports Authority is moving ahead with plans for an inland port.

The authority on Tuesday authorized President and CEO Jim Newsome to take any actions needed to build the port at a cost of up to $25 million. The money is already in the agency budget.

The port near Greer would provide more efficient movement of cargo by rail. It's been estimated trains could eliminate 50,000 truck trips a year on busy Interstate 26 between Charleston and the Greenville-Spartanburg area.

The authority also learned Tuesday the Charleston port continues to recover from the Great Recession. Container volume through Charleston was up 3.5 percent in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The numbers are even better for January to June, when container volume increased 7.4 percent.

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