Welcome to the South Carolina Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan - Charting a Course to 2040
Why Have a Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan?
The state of South Carolina has experienced rapid population growth and development in recent years and this growth is expected to continue. The demand for passenger travel and the movement of freight has grown even faster than the population. The transportation system impacts almost every element of our lives, including the economy, the environment, our safety and security, and importantly, our overall quality of life. An efficient and seamless multimodal transportation system is needed to effectively meet these critical transportation demands and to efficiently move both passengers and freight.
Through this planning process a future vision for transportation mobility and efficiency throughout the state will be defined. Identifying and defining the deficiencies of the transportation system are critical in the justification of funding. This plan will emphasize the importance of linking transportation investment to economic development.
The 2040 Plan - What will it look like?
Key elements of the performance-based statewide multimodal plan include developing vision, goals, and objectives, formulating performance targets, identifying multimodal transportation needs, estimating future revenues, developing future scenarios, environmental screening, integrating bike and pedestrian planning, and safety. In addition to the statewide multimodal plan, the following individual modal plans will be developed: Statewide Strategic Corridors for Transport and Commerce, Interstate Highway Plan, Statewide Transit and Coordination Plan, Statewide Rail Plan, and a Statewide Freight Plan. These individual plans, in addition to the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan, will address state and federal requirements including the new surface transportation reauthorization act called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).
The South Carolina Department of Transportation is managing this multimodal plan in close coordination with both internal offices within SCDOT, as well as external partners, including the South Carolina Department of Commerce, South Carolina State Ports Authority, and statewide Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Councils of Governments. Other partners include the Transportation Distribution and Logistics Council of New Carolina the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina Trucking Association.
Quotes from our stakeholders
"This cooperative effort with the Department of Commerce and the State Ports Authority will lead to an increase in economic development and job creation because transportation is a key to economic activity. In addition, this study will set the basis upon which we measure our progress in transportation in South Carolina."
Secretary Bob St. Onge - South Carolina Department of Transportation
"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