New Date: Central Midlands Council of Governments requests public input for a Regional Intermodal Transportation Center study, November 2, 2016, 5–7 p.m. at Richland Library

Oct. 19, 2016 (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – The Central Midlands Council of Governments (CMCOG) will hold a public meeting to discuss possible locations for a Regional Intermodal Transportation Center in Columbia, S.C., that would serve the Midlands area, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at Richland Library (Main Branch), located at 1431 Assembly St. in downtown Columbia, S.C.

 The original meeting, scheduled for Oct. 5, 2016, was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.

CMCOG is working with a consultant on a site selection study, spanning October 2016 through April 2017, to identify viable locations for the center; features and transportation modes the center might include; and how the center might serve various modes of transportation and impact development.

The study is a first step in the process set out by the Federal Transit Administration for advancing public transportation facility projects. The meeting will be the first opportunity for the public to get involved.

Members of the public can attend the free, public meeting to learn more about Regional Intermodal Transportation Centers; see examples of other metropolitan cities’ transportation hubs; ask questions; and give feedback on the potential project. The meeting will be a drop-in format with representatives from CMCOG and its consultant to answer questions and receive comments.

An Intermodal Transportation Center is a building located within a designated area of a city in which several types of transportation modes come together to create a hub of accessible, connected transportation. Much like the MARTA in Atlanta and CATS in Charlotte – if proven feasible – Columbia’s center might combine several transportation modes radiating from one location to several other locations across the Midlands as well as the nation, with modes potentially reaching as far as New York.

It is expected that such a facility would enhance regional traveler experience and the efficiency of transportation service operators while attracting development to the immediate area. The timeline for completion of such a center is undetermined at this time but likely will span five or more years.

To learn more and give feedback, visit http://www.midlandstransportationcenter.com.

About Central Midlands Council of Government (CMCOG)

Since 1969, the Central Midlands Council of Governments (CMCOG) has been assisting local governments develop local and regional plans within the four midlands counties (Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Richland) of South Carolina, as well as providing local governments with planning and technical support to improve the quality of life within the region. Learn more at www.centralmidlands.org