Western North Carolina Transportation Alliance

Western North Carolina Transportation Alliance is a voluntary association of regional industrial firms. The group's primary goal is to help efficiently manage regional transportation assets, increase fleet utilization and combat rising transportation costs and deadhead miles. The association of companies includes over 40 transportations, logistics and supply chain professionals from the manufacturing sector. Semi-annual meetings have featured analysis of logistics challenges such as increasing demand, capacity constraints and failing infrastructure, as well as import/export trends and discussion of Inland Port concepts.

North Carolina Department of Transportation

Transylvania County, NC is located in North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division 14. 

Brian Burch, District Engineer
4142 Haywood Road
Horse Shoe, NC 28742
Phone: (828) 586-2141

Blue Ridge Southern Railroad

Blue Ridge Southern Railroad (BLU) operates 91.8 miles of track that consist of three branch lines that feed into Norfolk Southern’s terminal in Asheville. The lines are the T-Line, which runs west of Asheville; the W-Line, which runs south of Asheville; and the TR-Line which branches off the W-Line south of Asheville. Class I Interchanges (Norfolk Southern). (See map). BLU is owned by Watco Companies, LLC, a Pittsburg, Kansas, based transportation company providing mechanical, transportation, and terminal and port services solutions for customers throughout North America and Australia. Watco is one of the largest short line railroad holding companies in the U.S. with 34 short line railroads operating on more than 4,700 miles of track, as well as 29 industrial contract switching locations.


The South Carolina Inland Port has been in operations since 2013. The inland port spans from the Port of Charleston, 212 miles inland to Greer, S.C. and provides shippers with access to more than 95 million consumers within a one-day drive. The inland port boosts efficiency for international freight movements between the Port of Charleston and companies located across the Southeast.

  • 1 Day from Ship to inland port
  • 19 of 20 Top Container Lines
  • 23 minute average truck turn
  • 500 Ton Barge Crane
  • 28 Days: Shanghai to Transylvania County, NC

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