Clyburn Transportation Center awarded $50K grant to conduct transportation feasibility study

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

ORANGEBURG – The James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center at SC State University has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Lower Savannah Council of Governments (LSCOG) to conduct a transportation feasibility study for the two-county areas of Orangeburg/Calhoun counties. The Lower Savannah Council of Governments’ grant was made possible through funds from U. S. Department of Transportation.

The feasibility study will determine the need, and design of a transit system for Orangeburg/Calhoun counties.

“This extensive project will review previous studies and documents related to the availability of reliable transportation services within the two-county focus area,” said Dr. Reinhardt Brown, interim executive director of university transportation center. “Demographics, relevant socioeconomic factors, as well as, existing transit service will be reviewed.”

Transit demand will be estimated, elements including anticipated demand for service, frequency of need, and the potential estimate of trips by category, for instance, work-related, medical and shopping. Survey instruments will be keenly developed and designed to solicit input from the community. These methods include the forwarding of brief surveys to businesses, students, and residents.

The public is being asked to readily submit their opinions once these surveys have been received. Overall recommendation as to the feasibility of a transit system will be based on the results of this feasibility study.

Brown and Lamar Tisdale, technology transfer and training coordinator, serve as co-principal investigators for the grant and Dr. Tom Whitney, professor of civil and mechanical engineering (SC State) serves as grant administrator.

For more information, contact Lamar Tisdale or Tom Whitney at (803) 536-8863.