SC, NC counties try to solve lack of rail service

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Officials in two South Carolina counties and one in North Carolina are trying to get the area's rail service back on track after more than a year without any.

Officials in Horry and Marion counties in South Carolina and in Columbus County, N.C., have formed a committee to address the lack of rail service.

The officials from government and business consider rail transportation critical to the area, not only to support current jobs but also to encourage businesses to expand and to attract new businesses.

Conway-based Carolina Southern Railroad owns 93 miles of track in the three counties and has not operated since August 2011 because of structural problems on some of its bridges.

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