SC State’s JECUTC Awarded Grant to Conduct Third Transportation Feasibility Study

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The South Carolina Department of Transportation-Mass Transit Division awarded the James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center (JECUTC) at SC State a $50,000 grant to conduct a transportation feasibility study for Anderson County. The study will investigate the feasibility of providing public transit services in Anderson Country, which is located in western South Carolina. The main purposes are to determine the need and design of a transit system, and to prepare supporting documents and data for obtaining funding from federal and local governments.


In 2007, the JECUTC received a $50,000 grant to conduct a transportation feasibility study for an Orangeburg/Calhoun Counties transit system. Two years later, a second $50,000 grant was awarded to the Center to conduct a transportation feasibility study for a Laurens County transit system.


“The JECUTC has been very successful with previous transit feasibility studies,” stated Lamar Tisdale, who serves as co-principal investigator of the grant. “The Orangeburg/Calhoun Counties transit system is in the second phase, and fixed routes in the city of Orangeburg have been established. Laurens County is in the process of implementing their transit system, which should be operational by the fall of 2010,” continued Tisdale.


Demographics, relevant socioeconomic factors, as well as existing transit service will be reviewed as part of the transportation study. In addition, researchers will evaluate the demand of transit services. A major emphasis of collecting data for the study will involve community input. Thus, researchers will develop survey instruments to solicit feedback from businesses, students, residents and colleges and universities.


Once recommended outcomes of the study are implemented in Anderson County, researchers claim public transit service will provide citizens with economic and environmental benefits, an increased quality of life, fuel cost savings and links to Clemson Area Transit (CAT) and Greenville’s transit system.


The research team is comprised of Tisdale, who also serves as technology transfer and training coordinator of JECUTC; Dr. Tom Whitney, professor of civil and mechanical engineering at SC State University and the grant administrator; and several graduate students in the Master of Science in transportation program.


For more information on the Anderson County Transportation Feasibility Study, contact Lamar Tisdale at (803) 536-4532, or via email at ltisdale@scsu.edu.