Horry County approves nearly $2M for railroad

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - During an executive session Tuesday night, Horry County council members approved spending $1.8 million to get the Carolina Southern Railroad up and running, Chairman Mark Lazarus confirmed.

Lazarus said negotiations with operators are currently in the works.

"We feel it will be up and running in about a year," Lazarus said.

The nearly 70-mile track spans three counties: Horry, Marion and Columbus, NC. Columbus County council members agreed Monday night to spend nearly $2 million in tax incentives over the next decade to get the railway rolling again, the AP reports.

In July, a settlement agreement was reached between the railroad company, also known as CALA, and the various governmental and private businesses in the three counties.

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