CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina lawmakers have been advised that improving rail access is key to helping the state's ports regain their competitive edge.Related Stories Sheheen, Haley spar over jobs, immigration State Port volume rebounds but future unclear SC ports, environmental group settle lawsuit
However, the Review and Oversight Commission on the South Carolina State Ports Authority has to come up with an idea of how to accomodate rail.
Lawmakers heard from railroad and industry leaders on Thursday on how rail can serve a new $525 million steamship terminal in North Charleston.
A plan developed by Mayor Keith Summey with CSX Transportation proposes a rail terminal at a site that would have competing Norfolk Southern using CSX tracks.
Norfolk Southern likes another site where both lines would have tracks. But that would mean trains moving through North Charleston's $1 billion Noisette redevelopment project.
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