About the Project


Palmetto Railways intends to construct and operate the Navy Base Intermodal Facility on a 118-acre site on the former Charleston Naval Complex. The Navy Base Intermodal Facility will allow the Charleston region to facilitate the movement of goods and commerce over rail within the state and throughout the Southeast region of the United States, stimulating economic development within the region and providing connections to key regional infrastructure.

The location of this facility takes advantage of close proximity and availability of the region’s transportation infrastructure, including major roadways and the South Carolina Ports Authority. In addition, this facility provides equal connectivity to the area for both of the state’s Class 1 rail carriers, CSX and Norfolk Southern.

The construction of this facility includes six different project elements. Use the clickable map to get more details on each project component. Each project element is scheduled for completion in 2018.

Palmetto Railways is a division of the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has overseen and guided the third-party Atkins contractor team of resource specialists to gather information and conduct a comprehensive and impartial assessment of the Palmetto Railways proposal for the Navy Base Intermodal Facility and a range of alternatives identified during scoping. The publication of the Notice of Availability for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2016 officially beginning the 45-day public review and comment period. The public and respective agencies will have an opportunity to submit written comments on the adequacy of the Draft EIS until June 15, 2016. During the Draft EIS public comment period, the USACE, with the assistance of the third-party contractor Atkins, will conduct a formal hearing. For more information on the EIS process, to read the Draft EIS, or to leave a formal comment, visit the USACE project website at http://www.navybaseictf.com/

Intro to Intermodal

Project overview

Project Overview

Proposed track
Port Access Road (future-approved)
Proposed roads
Existing rail alignments
Proposed Intermodal Site
1Northern Rail Connection 2Cosgrove McMillan Overpass 3Navy Base Intermodal Facility 4Hobson/Bainbridge Realignment and Viaduct Removal 5Private Drayage Road Elements 6Southern Rail Connection