CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - If the growth pace stays the same, the Charleston metropolitan area will have 1.1 million people by 2040, according to the Chamber of Commerce and the council of governments is trying to keep up with the congestion.
"This process identifies the projects we need in the next five years and we do though a system of prioritizing them and put a ranking in the plan and that ranking to determine what goes in the funding program," Kathryn Basha, planning director for BCDCOG said.
The money is allocated by CHATS, the Charleston Area Transportation Study, and a part of the BCDCOG.
"CHATs is the metropolitan planning organization that receives the federal funding for highways and transit and transportation improvements and the council of governments administers the chats improvements," Basha said.
"Highways on top of each other would help a great deal but of course mass transit would be a huge help, they just need to get to their job and back home", Kim Parret said, "It seems that if we have so much traffic from Summerville to downtown could there not be a tram system, a rail system between the two."
There will be two more public input sessions.
-Wednesday morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Summerville South Carolina Research Association in the Nexton development.
-Wednesday afternoon from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Goodwill Industry's Board Room in North Charleston off of Rivers Avenue.