BCDCOG Releases Final Proposal for i-26ALT Project at Public Meetings

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) is holding three public meetings next week to reveal its recommendation for the region’s first fixed guideway transit system proposal and to review findings of the I-26ALT study (www.i26alt.org) which lead to this recommendation. “I-26ALT” is a 20-year plan to enhance regional mobility with a premium transit alternative that will provide service along the I-26 Corridor connecting Summerville, North Charleston, and Charleston.
The three presentations will divulge the details of the recommended transit mode and the alignment (or route) of the most viable transit alternative to service the I-26ALT study area. Members of the study team will present results of the second screening of all the alternatives analyzed and will provide opportunities for the community to comment on the recommended project before moving forward with an application to the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant Program. If selected for the program, the recommended project could be breaking ground within the next five years.


Monday, January 25, 2016
North Charleston Area
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
North Charleston City Hall – Council Chambers
2500 City Hall Lane
North Charleston, SC 29406

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Charleston Area Meeting
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Charleston Museum
360 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Summerville Area Meeting
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Bethany United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall
118 W. 3rd Street South
Summerville, SC 29483


Those unable to attend the public meetings can join the conversation via the online public forum at http://i26alt.mindmixer.com, where citizens can connect, communicate, and collaborate on the recommended transit alternative that will shape the 20-year plan for transit along the I-26 Corridor.

About the i-26ALT Project: Recognizing the need for transit alternatives along the I-26 Corridor between Summerville and Charleston, the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) initiated the I-26 Regional Fixed Guideway Transit Alternatives Analysis study (I-26ALT). The purpose of I-26ALT is to enhance regional mobility with transit along the I-26 Corridor connecting Summerville, North Charleston, and Charleston.
For more information about this project, please visit www.i26alt.org

About BCDCOG: The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) is a voluntary association of, by and for local governments, and was established to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development. BCDCOG’s purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions.
For more information, please visit www.bcdcog.org




  1. Marty Turney says:

    I attended one of the first meetings in 2008 at Summerville High School auditorium regarding this topic. The consensus was an express bus would be the best choice to ease traffic concerns on I-26 from Summerville to downtown Charleston and the least expensive. Again, this was in 2008. The idea was batted around a bit after this and here we are 2016 with the same solutions. How about getting businesses to help in offsetting the cost for rapid rail and service from 6:30 AM till 10:30PM. I cannot tell you the number of times people in the Summerville area would frequent restaurants, shops, and other businesses in the Charleston area if they had reliable transportation. Summerville and the surrounding area is growing by leaps and bounds as is evident on I-26 and this will only increase as Volvo employees and support businesses grow.

    • BCDCoG says:

      Being a fellow Summerville resident I understand where you are coming from. Have you attended any of the meetings or gone online to our mindmixer forum? Both options are a great way to share your ideas with our planners and others in the commuinty. As the area continues to grow so does our need for better transit and public particiaption.
      Thank you so much for commenting on this post and I hope we will see you at one of the meetings (the one for the Summerville area is going to be this Thursday evening at 7 PM to 9 PM). If you are unable to attend there is a link in the article to the mindmixer website where we interact with the public as well and listen to their comments and ideas for the future of transit in our region. I hope you have a great (and warm) day!

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