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January 25
Public Comment Sought for the South Carolina Statewide Intercity and Regional Bus Network Plan

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is seeking comment from the public on the Draft Final Report for the South Carolina Statewide Intercity and Regional Bus Network Plan (January 2012).

 

Title 49 U.S.C. 5311(f) requires each state to spend 15 percent of its annual Section 5311 apportionment to carry out a program to develop and support intercity bus services, unless the statefs Governor certifies that the intercity bus needs are adequately met. This requirement, codified as Section 5311(f), calls for this determination to include consultation with the statefs intercity bus carriers. Historically, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has not expended the full 15 percent and has routinely relied on the Governorfs Certification to assure the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that the Statefs intercity bus needs are adequately met.

 

The SCDOT commissioned this study, the Statewide Intercity and Regional Bus Network Plan, to assess whether intercity bus needs are being met in the State of South Carolina, and if not, to develop a financially sustainable network of intercity and regional bus service across the state utilizing the Section 5311(f) funds. A Technical Working Group (TWG) composed of statewide stakeholders, including intercity bus industry representatives, assisted the consultant team in its efforts.

 

The study substantiates that although the State is reasonably well served by the intercity bus industry, there are additional intercity bus]related needs that should preclude SCDOT from submitting the 5311(f) Governorfs Certification that attests that intercity bus needs are met.  The report concludes with an implementation plan, including a summary of findings and recommendations that were determined over the course of the study.

 

A copy of this press release and the Final Report for the South Carolina Statewide Intercity and Regional Bus Network Plan is available for public review and comment on the world web at:

 

                             http://www.scdot.org/inside/public_comment.shtml 

 

                To assist those who do not have internet access, a hard copy of this press release is available for public review and comment at the following locations:

 

South Carolina Council of Governments:

Appalachian Council of Governments

Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville,

Oconee, Pickens & Spartanburg

30 Century Circle

Greenville, SC 29606

Lower Savannah Council of Governments

Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun & Orangeburg

2748 Wagener Road

Hwy 302 North

Aiken, SC 29801

(864) 242-9733

(803) 649-7981

 

Upper Savannah Council of Governments

Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens,   McCormick & Saluda

222 Phoenix Street, Suite 200

Greenwood, SC 29646

 

Santee-Lynches Council of Governments

Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee & Sumter

36 West Liberty Street

Sumter, SC 29151

(803) 775-7381                                                                                      

(864) 941-8090

 

 

 

Catawba Regional Council of Governments

Chester, Lancaster, York & Union

215 Hampton Street

Second Floor

Rock Hill, SC 29731

 

Pee Dee Regional Council of Governments

Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion & Marlboro

2319 Regional Road

Florence, SC 29501

(803) 327-1912

 

(843) 669-4392

 

Central Midlands Council of Governments

Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry & Richland

236 Stoneridge Drive

Columbia, SC 29210

Lowcountry Council of Governments

Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton & Jasper

634 Campground Road

Yemassee, SC 29945

(803) 376-5390

 

(843) 726-5536

Waccamaw Regional Planning and Development Council of Governments

Georgetown, Horry & Williamsburg

1230 Highmarket Street

Georgetown, SC 29440

Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments

Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester

1362 McMillan Ave, Suite 100

North Charleston, SC 29405

(843) 546-8502                                                                         (843) 529-0400

 

SCDOT District Offices:

District 1

1400 Shop Road

Columbia, SC 29201

(803) 737-6660

 

District 3

252 S. Pleasantburg Drive

Greenville, SC 29607

(864) 241-1010

 

District 5

3018 East Palmetto

Florence, SC 29506

(843) 661-4710

 

District 7

US Route 178 East Bowman Road

Orangeburg, SC 29116

District 2

510 W. Alexander Ave.

Greenwood, SC 29646

(864) 227-6971

 

 

District 4

1232 J.A. Cochran Bypass

Chester, SC 29706

(803) 377-4155

 

District 6

6355 Fain Blvd.

North Charleston, SC 29406

(843) 740-1665

  (803) 531-6850

 

 

                Comments will be accepted until the close of business on February 9, 2012 and should be forwarded to Mark Pleasant, Statewide Planning Chief at SCDOT, 955 Park Street, P.O. Box 191, Columbia, S.C. 29202 or pleasantmd@scdot.org.

 

For more information pertaining to South Carolina Statewide Intercity & Regional Bus Network Plan or Final Report, contact: Diane Lackey, Statewide Programs Manager, Office of Public Transit at 803-737-0146.