Congress passed a bill requiring all urban areas containing more than
50,000 people to begin conducting "continuing, comprehensive,
cooperative" transportation planning processes. A detailed study
of the region's transportation needs was conducted between 1965 and 1968
and a plan was developed. It is this plan on which the Charleston
Area Transportation Study (CHATS) is based.
Governor James Edwards appointed the BCD Council of Governments to
perform the planning and programming functions of CHATS, in cooperation
with the State Department of Transportation (SCDOT), the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
currently serves 800 square miles comprised of the tri-county region's
most urbanized areas. Generally, the study area contains of all
the land expected to be urbanized within the next 20 years. It now
consists of portions of all three counties in the BCD Region. Click
here to download the CHATS Study Area map. This includes:
oversees all road improvements for the remainder of the region.
CHATS is governed by a 47-member board representing governmental and
transportation-related organizations from throughout its coverage area.
For a complete list of the organizations represented on the CHATS Policy
To download the CHATS Brochure, BCDCOG Transportation Planning and
does CHATS do?
Provides a forum in which local representatives can cooperatively
decide the future of regional transportation issues.
Chooses the specific road and intersection projects, transit
facilities and services, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities that
will be funded through the Federal ISTEA Program.
Analyzes existing transportation needs and evaluates them using
Establishes long-range goals for overall transportation development.
Coordinates transportation improvements for modes other than
automobiles, such as bicycle, transit and pedestrian facilities.
Recruits public participation in the programming and planning
process through advertisements, news releases and public hearings.
Citizens are encouraged to take part in the regional transportation
planning process. One of the most direct ways to do so is by
participating in any of the CHATS Policy Committee's several
standing advisory committees.
Concerning Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended
Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) is
committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation
in, or denied the benefits of its transit services on the basis of
race, color, or national origin, as protected by Title VI of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you believe you have been
subjected to discrimination under Title VI, you may file a written
complaint with the BCDCOG, 1362 McMillan Ave., North Charleston, SC
29405, or by phone at 843.529.0400, TTY 1-800-735-8583, or by e-mail
on this website under Contact