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RAIL

TRUCKING

PORTS

PIPELINE

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Asheville is served by the Norfolk Southern Railroad Corporation providing rail lines through Knoxville, TN to the west and Greenville, SC to the south. Local facilities offer loading and unloading, while a piggyback service is available. Other freight needs are also handled through private sector means, with numerous motor carriers. Our interstates (I-26 going north-south) and I-40 (going east-west) provide quick access to markets east of the Rockies. Shippers and carriers meet quarterly as part of the Western North Carolina Transportation Alliance. The primary shipping port for the region is the Port of Charleston, with a direct connection via I-26. A new intermodal facility (mostly truck to rail) is slated to open in the Greenville / Spartanburg area in 2014.

Colonial Pipeline, headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, delivers a daily average of 100 million US gallons (380,000 m3) of gasoline, home heating oil, aviation fuel and other refined petroleum products to communities and businesses throughout the South and Eastern United States. Colonial consists of more than 5,500 mi (8,900 km) of pipeline, originating at Houston, Texas, and terminating at the Port of New York and New Jersey. The pipeline travels through the coastal states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia,Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Branches from the main pipeline also reach Tennessee.

The pipeline is the primary source of the Asheville region’s gasoline and diesel fuel.  The nearest terminal for use by the region is in Spartanburg, SC.

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