Most people probably don't realize the importance of the railroad running from Myrtle Beach to the Pee Dee and into North Carolina. That's probably because they never see any activity; the trestle over the Intracoastal Waterway is never lowered and the stop signs at rail crossing are more of an annoyance than safety device.
The railroad is basically shut down. Local leaders, however, are working to get the railroad back in operation. In the meantime local industry is paying the price by using ports and highways to send and receive products. But those options are more expensive than trains. And the additional truck traffic creates more road congestion and adds wear and tear to those roads.
It hurts existing industry and it also hurts our chances of recruiting new industry. To keep our existing jobs and to add more jobs we need a working railroad. It's time to get the tracks repaired and get the trains running.
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