SC, North Charleston reach deal on rail yard


By Eric Weisfeld

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ North Charleston has reached an agreement with South Carolina officials over how to use rail lines and land at the old Charleston Naval Base.
The agreement announced Tuesday gives the Port of Charleston rail access to the site, which can be used as a transfer point for goods going into and out of the port.
In exchange, the state's Division of Public Railways is swapping land with North Charleston, giving the city property closer to the waterfront to use for residential development and recreation.
Gov. Nikki Haley traveled to North Charleston to make the announcement that ends a long running dispute between North Charleston and the state.
State officials say the deal was critical for the port in Charleston to take advantage of the widening of the Panama Canal.

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