Transportation Planning

Transportation Planning

Catawba Regional Council of Governments (CRCOG) is committed to developing an efficient, multi-modal transportation system which will increase the mobility of people and goods within the Catawba Region.  A successful partnership with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has enabled CRCOG to take a more active role in regional transportation issues.

The COG assists SCDOT in the long-range planning of regional transportation improvements including highway infrastructure, public transit, planning studies, and other needs as appropriate. The COG works with jurisdictions in the region to prioritize local needs and make recommendations to SCDOT for funding of highway and transit projects.

Active Projects

SCDOT maintains a listing of active projects in the Catawba Region that can be viewed by clicking here.

Rural Planning Work Program (RPWP)

The Rural Planning Work Program (RPWP) describes the transportation planning activities undertaken by our office and is produced annually. Tasks included in the RPWP are the result of issues identified by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the CRCOG Board which serves as the Policy Committee.  Click here to view document.

Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a comprehensive transportation planning document for the four-county Catawba Region. The LRTP defines the overarching goals for transportation in our region, establishes existing and future transportation needs of the region and allocates projected revenue to transportation programs and projects that address those needs. The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) approved the LRTP 2015-2040 document, and you can click here to view it.

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Catawba Region TIP outlines the planning objectives, priority status and funding source for all projects scheduled for construction over a five-year period.  The TIP is submitted to SCDOT for approval and inclusion in the Statewide Transportation lmprovement Program (STIP). The STIP contains an accounting of federal highway funds approved by the SCDOT Commission for roadway improvements as well as certain public transit allocations.  View the TIP FY 2017-2022 financial statement, click here.

The STIP is organized according to DOT District Offices. The Catawba Region is covered by the DOT District 4.  Information on the Catawba Region and other District 4 counties can be accessed through the following link: SCDOT.

Transportation Alternative Program (TAP)

The South Carolina Department of Transportation offers the Transportation Alternative Program.  The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was authorized by the most recent federal transportation funding act – Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) that was signed into law on July 6, 2012 and reauthorized on July 15, 2014. The Transportation Alternatives Program redefines the former Transportation Enhancements (TE) activities and consolidates these eligibilities with the Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trails Programs.  The Transportation Alternatives program builds upon the legacy of the TE program by expanding travel choices, strengthening the local economy, improving the quality of life, and protecting the environment.  Information on the alternative program can be accessed by clicking here.

Traffic Count Program

Our office maintains an inventory of all traffic counts collected by the South Carolina Department of Transportation within the Catawba Region. County maps date back to 1997 and are updated as data becomes available from SCDOT. CRCOG has created a traffic count map application for downloading information via the website.  Click here to view traffic count maps by county.

Special Projects

Catawba Regional COG provides a variety of transportation planning services related to safe and efficient mobility for automobile, transit, bicycle and pedestrian modes of travel. The COG has worked with local jurisdictions on special projects such as the US 521-SC 9 Corridor Study – Click here to view document.