Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Camp Hall Rail Project?

The Camp Hall Rail Project is an industrial rail line to serve the Camp Hall Commerce Park in Berkeley County, South Carolina. The new rail line will connect Camp Hall Commerce Park to existing railroad right-of-way, near the Santee Cooper Cross Generating Station in Berkeley County. Palmetto Railways will construct, own and operate the rail line, which is expected to open the door to larger economic development efforts to support the state of South Carolina. The project is expected to take three years to complete.


What is an industrial rail line?

An industrial rail line facilitates the movement of freight to broaden industrial product transportation.


Where is the route?

Palmetto Railways has identified a preferred alignment and will go through an application process with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Surface Transportation Board (STB). USACE and STB will take into account the environmental impacts and oversee the environmental review process while also ensuring that a wide range of stakeholders are involved. The alignment alternatives that have been considered and the preferred alignment can be seen on the Resources page. We have contacted individual property owners and tenants who are located on or along the preferred alignment. If you are impacted, you will receive a formal letter in the mail.


How will I know if my property will be impacted?

Palmetto Railways will reach out to directly impacted landowners to establish right-of-way acquisition.


How do I stay involved and informed?

Palmetto Railways is committed to collaborating with the USACE and STB, Berkeley County, state and federal officials, landowners, local residents and other stakeholders to ensure that the community and surrounding areas are included in the project process. The project team will provide a number of opportunities for stakeholders to learn about the project and provide input. You can stay informed by signing up for the project mailing list to ensure you are notified of the next meeting or project details. Visit the Contact Us page.


When will construction begin?

Construction is expected to begin in 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2019.


When is the next public information meeting?

A formal public hearing will be facilitated by the USACE and STB. Palmetto Railways will notify all project stakeholders when the meeting is scheduled.


How did you select the preferred rail alignment?

The Camp Hall Rail project requires, at a minimum, a rail route that meets the following characteristics and criteria:

  • Direct connectivity to a single Class I freight carrier main line, accessing the freight carrier’s inland/domestic network, as well as the Port of Charleston.
  • Sufficient rail access and capacity to serve both phases of the Volvo Cars site.
  • Sufficient rail access and capacity to service future growth and needs of additional industrial sites within the remaining portions of Camp Hall Commerce Park, such that the portion of the proposed rail spur located within Camp Hall Commerce Park does not limit access to the site while in use or require grade separation.

The preferred rail alignment would result in less impact on the surrounding environment compared to other alternatives, has the least impacts on property owners with no home relocations, and does not impact known archaeological sites.


If my property is within the 200ft preferred option corridor, how much of my property will be impacted?

Palmetto Railways intends to purchase up to 100ft of right-of-way within the preferred option corridor. The specific location of the right-of-way will be determined as final design of the rail line is completed.


How has the project been progressing since the last meeting?

Over the course of the past year, Palmetto Railways has been conducting environmental studies in the project area to meet regulatory requirements. In late 2016, it was determined that the USACE and STB would serve as joint lead federal agencies for the project. To initiate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process with the STB and the USACE, Palmetto Railways needed to complete an environmental report including an alternatives analysis with an evaluation of the impacts of each alternative, and determine a preferred alternative for construction of the rail line. The report will be submitted to the STB in July 2017 and will initiate the regulatory review.