A LowLine Primer

The History.    The Challenge.    The Promise.

About Us

The Nation's First Passenger Rail Line

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  • The Best Friend of Charleston -- first regularly scheduled passenger service in the US, began on Christmas 1830. 
  • Replica on display in the The Best Friend Train Museum at 36 John Street. 
  • Original tracks on what was then Russell Street in Charleston.
  • As popularity grew a bustling rail yard, with roundhouse, and maintenance facilities were added

New Purpose

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  • Re-connect neighborhoods split by the rail line and I-26
  • Open public green corridor in the center of the Charleston peninsula
  • Almost 2-mile-long linear park 
  • Pedestrian-friendly will promote safety, sustainability, public art

An Economic Driver

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  • Quality open spaces provide a range of benefits to city residents, visitors, employers, and property owners. 
  • Signature urban parks become significant drivers of real estate value, tourism, and city branding  
  • The LowLine can generate employment, improved business as well as greater revenue for the city and the county.