Charting a course to 2040 - Kick Off Meeting
A formal kick-off meeting of the 2040 South Carolina Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan was held July 31, 2012 at the Colonial Center in Columbia.
Hosted by South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), the kick off meeting was attended by 138 stakeholders from around South Carolina. Secretary St. Onge from SCDOT was joined by Secretary Hitt from SC Department of Commerce, Mr. Jack Ellenberg from SC State Ports Authority and Mr. Bob Lee from Federal Highway Administration and each one provided welcoming remarks and challenged everyone to become involved in the planning process that will help guide multimodal transportation decisions over the next 25 years.
During the kickoff meeting, stakeholders participated in three interactive breakout sessions that focused on freight (rail, ports, airports, highways, and intermodal facilities), interstate and state strategic corridors (highways), and non-highway modes (public transportation, and bicycle and pedestrian systems).
Kick Off Meeting Presentation:
Kick_Off_Final (PDF 5.7 Mb)
Kick Off Meeting Notes:
Kickoff_meeting_notes.pdf (PDF 135 Kb)
Kick Off Meeting Press Release:
press_release.pdf (PDF 14 Kb)
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