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SCDOT Seeks public input on draft Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan

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 Corridors 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;
  • 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

In addition, seven public information meetings will be held across the state in September to engage the public and provide citizens an opportunity to review and comment on the Draft 2040 SMTP. The meetings will have a drop-in format with displays of the draft plan available for viewing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A brief presentation regarding the Draft 2040 SMTP will be given at the beginning of each meeting. The Draft Statewide Strategic Safety Plan also will be available for public review and comment at the regional meetings.

The meetings will be held at the following locations:

September 8, 2014
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September 9, 2014
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September 11, 2014
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September 16, 2014 Comment on this meeting
September 17, 2014
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September 18, 2014
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September 23, 2014
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An interpreter will be available to assist Spanish-speaking individuals who wish to review the draft plans. Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Mark Pleasant at (803) 737-1437.

Related Links:

Charting a Course to 2040-UPDATE PROCESS (PDF 55 Kb)
Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan Project Website

Comments will be accepted until the close of business on September 25, 2014.

If you would like to make a comment about the recommendation above, you may send comments to Mark Pleasant (Statewide Planning Chief at SCDOT, 955 Park St., P.O. Box 191, Columbia, SC 29202), or you may fill out our Email Form.

NOTE: Information provided, including name and address, is subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.