The Charleston Region has long been recognized as a popular visitor destination for its exceptional natural environment and historic charm. Success in attracting new business investment has also increased due to the tri-county region’s strong competitive assets including the South Carolina Ports Authority; academic, medical and research universities; military installations, and a technically-skilled workforce. The tri-county region is expected to reach 1 million residents by 2027.
Many of those living, working, and visiting the Charleston region will travel the I-26 Corridor between Summerville and Charleston as it serves as a major commerce route for traffic from the ports of Charleston and is a vital link for commuters and visitors in the region.
Recognizing the need for transit alternatives along this corridor, multiple plans and studies have been conducted that have identified transit investments in the I-26 Corridor that would improve mobility.
Initiated by the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG), the I-26 Regional Fixed Guideway Transit Alternatives Analysis study is the next step in securing an I-26 Corridor transit solution for the Charleston region. The purpose of the I-26 Alternatives Analysis is to enhance regional mobility along the I-26 Corridor between Summerville and Charleston with transit strategies designed to:
- Manage transportation demand,
- Support our diverse regional economy, and
- Create livable communities.
The I-26 Alternatives Analysis will consider the effects of transit alternatives on the segment of I-26 between the Town of Summerville and the City of Charleston. The project study area includes the areas and communities surrounding the I-26 Corridor and is generally bounded by the Ashley River and Dorchester Road (SC 642) to the west, the Summerville town limits to the north, the Cooper River and the US 52 Corridor and US 176 Corridors to the east, and the Charleston peninsula to the south. The study area also includes the Norfolk Southern rail line that operates parallel to I-26 between Downtown Summerville and Peninsula Charleston.
The I-26 Alternatives Analysis is a cooperative initiative of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG), CARTA, and TriCounty Link, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).