Richland County Transportation Study Commission Public Input Meetings

The Richland County Transportation Study Commission will release its preliminary recommendations on April 8, 2008. The public will have an opportunity to provide feedback during a series of four public meetings that have been scheduled in locations throughout the county:

Public Input Meeting Dates Area Date Time Place

Downtown: Saturday, April 12, 2008 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Richland County Public Library
1431 Assembly Street

Northeast: Monday, April 14, 2008 6:00 – 8:00 PM Ridge View High School
4801 Hard Scrabble Road

Lower Richland: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 6:00 – 8:00 PM Lower Richland High School
2615 Lower Richland Boulevard

Northwest: Thursday, April 17, 2008 6:00 – 8:00 PM Dutch Fork High School
1400 Old Tamah Road

About the Transportation Study Commission:

The Richland County Transportation Study Commission was created by council ordinance in October 2006. The purpose of the Transportation Study Commission is to analyze the county’s current and future transportation needs and to develop a long-term plan designed to improve the county’s multi-modal transportation network. The Commission’s final recommendations will be submitted to County Council in May 2008.

The 39-member Transportation Study Commission is made up of an executive committee and three subcommittees:

Executive Committee – The Executive Committee is responsible for overseeing the work of the commission and each of its three subcommittees. The executive committee is made up of seven members, three of which also serve as subcommittee chairmen. The Executive Committee is chaired by Dr. Caroline Whitson.

Greenways, Bike and Pedestrian Subcommittee – The Greenways, Bike and Pedestrian Subcommittee is responsible for studying alternatives modes of transportation such as greenways, bike paths and sidewalks. The Greenways, Bike and Pedestrian Subcommittee is chaired by Ken Driggers.

Roads Subcommittee – The Roads Subcommittee is responsible for studying the county’s road and highway network for the purpose of improving safety and addressing congestion on county roadways. The Roads Subcommittee is chaired by Pat Noble.

Transit Subcommittee – The Transit Subcommittee is charged with studying the availability and management of mass transit services, including bus and rail service. The Transit Subcommittee chaired by William Leidinger.

The Transportation Study
The transportation study has been divided into seven tasks. Tasks 2 through 8 will culminate with the publication and adoption of a “technical memo.”

Task #1 : Public Participation (Ongoing)

Task #2 : Existing Conditions

Task #3 : Analysis of Existing Transportation Network

Task #4 : Identification of Alternatives

Task #5 : Alternatives Analysis

Task #6 : Preliminary Recommendations

Task #7 : Funding Options

Task #8: Final Recommendations
Scheduled completion date: May 2008

Contact Information
For more information, please contact Joe Cronin, Research Manager, at (803) 576-2066 or