Virtual Meeting Available Through July 10
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 10, 2020) – The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) launched the latest virtual public meeting for Lowcountry Rapid Transit (LCRT) on Wednesday, unveiling the recommended route and potential station areas for the proposed 26-mile bus rapid transit system. The virtual meeting is available through July 10 and can be found by visiting LowcountryRapidTransit.com.
“The virtual public meeting presents a great opportunity for the public to learn about and provide input on the project from the comfort of their home,” said Sharon Hollis, BCDCOG principal planner and LCRT project lead. “COVID-19 has changed the communication landscape and how project information is delivered, so we’re happy that we can provide the online meeting as another avenue of engagement with the community.”
Hollis said that since the last public meeting in June 2019, the project team has taken steps toward advancing LCRT into the second phase of development, during which the project team is working to position the project to qualify for federal funding. The virtual public meeting provides a platform to share these developments and continue to educate the community about South Carolina’s first mass transit system.
Through public and stakeholder input, environmental and ridership analyses, and early steps in the transit orientated development study, BCDCOG has:
- Identified a preferred alternative alignment that would connect the Medical District, downtown Charleston, North Charleston and Summerville
- Worked to position the project to qualify for the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program
- Identified potential station areas
Comments and community input continue to play a vital role in the success of LCRT and can be submitted to the project team throughout the duration of the virtual meeting, which ends on July 10. More information about Lowcountry Rapid Transit and ways to submit comments can be found on the website LowcountryRapidTransit.com.
ABOUT LOWCOUNTRY RAPID TRANSIT
Lowcountry Rapid Transit is a bus rapid transit system that will travel the spine of the Lowcountry, along US 78 and US 52 (Rivers Avenue). A comprehensive study conducted by the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments identified bus rapid transit as the best transit solution to combat increased congestion in our region.
LCRT will transform the infrastructure in our region, improving transportation for public transit riders, commuters, and pedestrians. This modern transportation system will connect the communities of Charleston, North Charleston and Summerville and will be a catalyst for economic growth and upward mobility throughout the area. For more information, visit the project website at LowcountryRapidTransit.com.
The BCDCOG is a voluntary association of, by and for local governments, and was established to assist Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester county leaders in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development. BCDCOG’s purpose is to strengthen the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate duplication, and make joint decisions. For the latest on BCDCOG, visit BCDCOG.com, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @BCDCoG.
Daniel Brock, Regional Strategist BCDCOG
Allison Lane, PR & Social Media Supervisor Rawle Murdy Associates