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.
Recognizing the need to stretch its limited funds, and to maintain and enhance South Carolinas position in the global marketplace, SCDOT developed a statewide multimodal transportation plan that focuses on coordinated and effective use of all transportation assets. A set of strategic corridors that form the backbone of the states transportation system will be identified to provide a network that adequately meets passenger and freight demands.
Increasing travel demand, increasing congestion, and increasing fuel prices all point to the need for viable transportation choices. Opportunities to use alternative modes besides the automobile, better modal coordination, and better system connectivity are all critical elements of a plan that provides an effective and seamless statewide transportation system.
The South Carolina Statewide Comprehensive Multimodal Long-Range Transportation Plan was approved by the SCDOT Commission on May 14, 2008.
The South Carolina Comprehensive Multimodal Transportation Plan is comprised of seven primary elements. These elements focus on Bridge Needs and Maintenance; Interstate Plan; Public Transit Plan and Human Services Coordination Plans; Metropolitan Planning Organization and Councils of Government Plans; Railroad Right-of-Way Preservation Inventory; Safety Plan; and the Statewide Strategic Corridor Plan. This plan addresses these elements and the array of policies, considerations and strategies needed to provide for an effective and efficient, multimodal transportation system for the State.
Summary of Statewide Planning Process (PDF 116 Kb)
Transportation is a topic of everyday conversation for many South Carolinians because it impacts so many aspects of daily life. From mobility and accessibility, safety and security, economic development and the environment, transportation plays a significant role in every community in the state. Today's transportation planning choices will determine how effective the transportation system will be in supporting the needs of the state for years to come.
Multimodal Plan Executive Summary (PDF 1.62 Mb)
In order to maximize limited resources, maintain the States position in the global marketplace and efficiently move both people and goods, a strategic system of corridors forming the backbone of the states transportation system has been identified. This system will provide a connected, continuous network that serves both the traveling public and facilitates the movement of freight, and will also provide the needed connectivity that will allow South Carolina to maintain and enhance its economic vitality. The consideration of needs on the Statewide Strategic Corridors is incorporated in MPO and COG planning processes, as there is currently no dedicated funding to address identified corridor deficiencies at the state level.
Statewide Strategic Corridor Plan (PDF 13.7 Mb)
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) currently maintains 829 centerline miles of interstate. In addition to these maintenance activities, SCDOT is also responsible to address the interstate capacity needs in our state. This includes both the reconstruction of existing interstate interchanges, as well as providing additional travel lanes or alternative transportation options where the existing level of service has reached capacity.
Currently, the interstate system in South Carolina has 45 centerline miles of capacity needs. By 2030, to maintain an acceptable of level of service, that number will grow to 445 miles. In addition, close to 50 interstate interchanges across the state are in need of reconstruction to allow for today's traffic flow. The challenge we face is the cost to provide for the construction of these additional capacity and reconstruction projects.
Statewide Interstate Plan (PDF 6.27 Mb)
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS), the South Carolina Division Office of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT), and numerous other local, state and federal agencies and safety advocates, are pleased to provide you with a copy of the first South Carolina Strategic Highway Safety Plan: The Road Map to Safety. This document contains a comprehensive set of transportation safety strategies, focusing on five key emphasis areas. It is our hope that the implementation of these strategies will generate significant reductions in traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities on South Carolinas streets and highways.
Strategic Highway Safety Plan (PDF 13.3 Mb)
Public transit and human services transportation coordination are important component of South Carolinas transportation network. Building effective public transportation systems will provide mobility to thousands of state residents and visitors, improve access to community facilities, and serve as a valuable tool in promoting and facilitating economic development. Public transit systems and human service agencies provide an alternative to single-occupant vehicle travel, provide access to essential services and foster independence for those who are unable to drive, and support more compact and efficient land development patterns.
Statewide Transit Plan
SC Statewide Transit Plan (PDF 4.37 Mb)
Appalachian Regional Transit Plan (PDF 789 Kb)
Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Regional Transit Plan (PDF 1.03 Mb)
Catawba Regional Transit Plan (PDF 1.01 Mb)
Central Midlands Regional Transit Plan (PDF 1.07 Mb)
Lowcountry Regional Transit Plan (PDF 910 Kb)
Lower Savannah Regional Transit Plan (PDF 974 Kb)
Pee Dee Regional Transit Plan (PDF 1.15 Mb)
Santee-Lynches Regional Transit Plan (PDF 964 Kb)
Upper Savannah Regional Transit Plan (PDF 928 Kb)
Waccamaw Regional Transit Plan (PDF 1.07 Mb)
Statewide Transit Plan
SC Coordination Plans - Executive Summary (PDF 58.9 Kb)
Appalachian Regional Coordination Plan (PDF 853 Kb)
Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Regional Coordination Plan (PDF 510 Kb)
Catawba Regional Coordination Plan (PDF 647 Kb)
Central Midlands Regional Coordination Plan (PDF 607 Kb)
Lowcountry Regional Coordination Plan (PDF 909 Kb)
Lower Savannah Regional Coordination Plan (PDF 747 Kb)
Pee Dee Regional Coordination Plan (PDF 574 Kb)
Santee-Lynches Regional Coordination Plan (PDF 603 Kb)
Upper Savannah Regional Coordination Plan (PDF 77 Kb)
Waccamaw Regional Coordination Plan (PDF 610 Kb)
The rail element of the Statewide Multimodal Plan is an assessment of rail corridors to identify opportunities for future transportation use. The effort involved conducting an inventory of rail corridors throughout the State, and identifying their status. The intent was to find "at-risk" lines and take steps to acquire them or preserve them using State and Federal legislation in place for that purpose.
Statewide Rail Inventory (PDF 1.07 Mb)