The absence of freight rail service in Myrtle Beach, S.C., hampers local business development and job growth, said Ted Fortenberry, WMBF News vice president and general manager. "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," Fortenberry said. Trains would also minimize truck traffic, which then reduces road damage and congestion, and they provide a cheaper but efficient way to transport goods, he added.
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