Long Range Transportation Plan Update About To Begin!

The Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS) is proud to announce that we are about to begin the newest update to the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), and it will be called Horizon2040! We are beginning the update with a kick-off meeting on September 7th, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the TD Convention Center. Stop by to get a better understanding of what the LRTP is and to give your input on how to improve our transportation network in the GPATS area. Presentations about the LRTP, with staff introductions, will be given at 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. Help us get to Horizon2040! Register here if you think you will make an appearance. Registration is encouraged but not required.Horizon2040 Meeting ScheduleThis kick-off meeting will be followed with the eight sub-regional meetings in October seen above. Please pick the meeting closest to you and bring your thoughts to the table! Click here to see a map of the meetings and their locations. Keep checking in to register for these events! If you have any questions or comments, please contact Brennan Hansley, Transportation Planner, at (864) 467-7270 or email her at bhansley@greenvillecounty.org.

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Seeking Public Input for GPATS’ Updated TIP and UPWP

The Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS) is seeking public comment related to two items: an amendment to the FY 2016-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and a ratification of the FY2017 Budget for the FY2016-2017 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).

The documents may be requested and are available online by clicking the links below:

In compliance with the GPATS Public Participation Plan (PPP), comments will be received through June 20, 2016. Comments may be directed to Keith Brockington, Transportation Planning Manager, at 864-467-7270, at Greenville County Community Planning and Development Department, 301 University Ridge, Suite 3800, Greenville, SC 29601, or by e-mail at kbrockington@greenvillecounty.org.

Call for Projects for 5310 Funds Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals With Disabilities

GPATS is sending out a Call for Projects for 5310 Funds Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals With Disabilities, this also included commute and reverse commute for low-income people to get to and from work, to all non-profit and public transit providers within GPATS’ boundary which includes parts of five separate counties: Anderson, Greenville, Pickens, Laurens and Spartanburg. If you have any questions, contact Sam Julius, Transit Planner/Grants Manager at (864)-467-7287 or email him at SJulius@greenvillecounty.org.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Public Input Meeting

Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS), along with Greenville Transit Authority (GTA), is looking for feedback on our respective Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Programs. The public meeting will be held on Monday, September 28th, 12:30 pm ET at 100 W. McBee Ave, Greenville, SC 29601 – Greenlink Transfer Center, downtown. Please contact Sam Julius at SJulius@greenvillecounty.org or Grant Sparks at GSparks@greenvillesc.gov for more information.

GPATS and GTA has established a goal of 2.00% for participation of DBEs in the provision of goods and services for FFY 16-18. All DBE firms are encouraged to participate in contracts.

Study reveals City of Greenville’s 20 worst intersections!!!

By way of GPATS and local funding sources, the City of Greenville recently completed a study on its worst intersections. Crash data was collected for two years as part of the study and helped to identify the list of 20 worst intersections. Topping the list were Haywood Road at I-385, Pleasantburg Drive at Villa Road/Century Drive, and Pleasantburg Drive at Antrim Drive.

Go to this recent news story for the complete list: http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/29946191/greenville-city-study-reveals-20-worst-intersections

 

SCDOT: I-20/I-26/I-126 Project – Online Public Meeting!!!

SCDOT invites you to participate in an online public meeting until September 25th about the proposed Carolina Crossroads (I-20/I-26/I-126) project in Columbia. Even though this is not directly in our Upstate area, most of us travel these interstates for business and leisure trips year-round. Please go to http://www.scdotcarolinacrossroads.com/ to access the information about the project and find ways to provide feedback.

 

Public Input Sought for City of Greer’s Walking and Bicycling Master Plan!!!

Public input is sought as the City of Greer works to complete and implement a downtown walking and bicycling master plan – an initiative listed in the recently completed Greer Community Master Plan.

Ann Cunningham, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, said the public is encouraged to attend a workshop and presentation Sept. 3 at the Cannon Centre. The workshop will be open from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and the presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m.

“The public told us through the Greer Community Master Plan that recreation opportunities in the city are important, particularly related to walking and bicycling,” Cunningham said. “With improvements planned in major corridors in the city, this is the perfect opportunity to examine and plan new ways to make the city walk and bike friendly. We hope many residents will join us to learn more about the work that has already been done and to share their thoughts on the next step of this project.”

The City of Greer has partnered with Alta Planning + Design of Greenville on a preliminary study taking into account the city’s sidewalks, pedestrian crosswalks, existing bike lanes and walking trails and available parks and other recreational green space.

The study, which is being funded by Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study, will be available for review at the workshop.

Those in attendance will receive a free pedometer or bicycle reflector.

Advance registration is not required. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 848-2190.

The 7.5-mile Doodle Trail open- connecting Easley to Pickens!!!

Over Memorial Day weekend, the City of Easley and City of Pickens opened up the 7.5-mile Doodle Trail, connecting the two cities by way of an old railway line with a bicycle and pedestrian greenway. The cities split the cost of buying the old rail line (totaling around $500,000) as well as the construction of the trail (totaling around $1.9 million). For more info, check out “The Doodle Trail” on Facebook or this copy of the Planning Study (paid for out of GPATS’s carryover budget in FY 2015): Doodle Rail Trail Master Plan

Greenville B-cycle Program offers discounted membership for College Students and Faculty!

The Greenville B-cycle Program is now offering discounted annual passes to college students and faculty! Join here and use promo code StudentFacultyDiscount and an email that ends in “.edu” to get an annual pass for just $30!