Public invited to meetings on I-26 congestion outside Charleston

Public invited to meetings on I-26 congestion outside Charleston

(AP/WCSC) - The public has a chance to learn about efforts to relieve gridlock along Interstate 26 between Charleston and Summerville.

The interstate is routinely jammed during the morning and evening rush hours and the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments has been conducting a study for a year to identify transit alternatives.

A series of meetings set for the coming days is the final step in determining an alternative form of transportation - either light rail or rapid transit buses - and which of three alternative corridors the buses or trains could use.

I-26ALT is a 20-year-plan to improve regional mobility with transit that will provide service along the I-26 Corridor connecting Summerville, Charleston,and North Charleston.

The first meeting is set for Thursday at Bethany United Methodist Church in Summerville from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The church is located at 118 W. 3rd Street South.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, Sept.28 at from 6:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m. at the Charleston Museum at 360 Meeting St. in downtown Charleston.

A final meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29 at North Charleston City Hall from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For those unable to attend the public meetings, an online public forum is available at www. i26alt.mindmixer.com, where citizens can suggest and talk about transit alternatives.

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