Draft 2040 Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan Available for Review and Comment
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, gave staff approval to initiate a 30-day public comment period for the draft of the 2040 Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan (SMTP).
SCDOT is in the process of updating the SMTP in partnership with the SC Department of Commerce; SC State Ports Authority; Federal Highway Administration; Federal Transit Administration, and other key stakeholders. The SMTP is titled, "Charting a Course to 2040."
The SMTP is updated every 5 years to reflect the latest information on travel and growth trends, goals and objectives, infrastructure conditions, future deficiencies, estimated funding, and strategies to move South Carolina forward. The SMTP includes the following documents:
- Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan (Summary)
- Statewide Interstate Plan to evaluate current and future congestion specific to each interstate corridor;
- Statewide Strategic Corridor Plan to develop a priority non-Interstate network with a focus on interregional connectivity for the traveling public and freight movement and includes an evaluation of current and future congestion on the network;
- Statewide Transit Plan to identify existing public transportation services, current and projected needs, and long-range transit strategies;
- View the ten individual Transit Reports
- Statewide Rail Plan to establish priorities and implementation strategies to enhance passenger and freight rail service in South Carolina, and serve as the basis for Federal and State rail investment.
- Statewide Freight Plan developed for the first time in South Carolina to identify a Strategic Freight Network necessary for the efficient movement of goods in South Carolina, and focused strategies to address the state's current and projected freight needs;
- The Draft Statewide Strategic Safety Plan to identify emphasis areas and strategies aimed at eliminating highway fatalities and severe injuries
Quotes from our stakeholders
"This will be a new and integrated plan for transportation in South Carolina with an emphasis on commerce and safety. The plan will help us manage the transportation system we have and help us decide how to spend scarce resources to improve the system."
Secretary Bobby Hitt - South Carolina Department of Commerce
"Ship sizes are increasing, and increasing exports are helping to create a balance with imports at the port. While these trends are good for South Carolina, they put pressure on the transportation infrastructure, and this study will help us address that pressure."
Jack Ellenberg - Vice President, South Carolina State Ports Authority
"This is the first time I have seen this level of cooperation at the state agency level. FHWA looks forward to working with you in this partnership to document the performance of the transportation system, to focus on freight efficiency, and to take advantage of the funding flexibility contained in recent federal programs."
Bob Lee - South Carolina Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration