SC Appalachian Council of Governments

Serving 6 Counties and 42 Municipalities since 1965
• Anderson • Cherokee • Greenville • Oconee • Pickens • Spartanburg •

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Transportation Planning

The Appalachian Council of Governments (ACOG) is committed to working with the South Carolina Department of Transportation and Anderson, Greenville/Pickens, and Spartanburg MPOs to develop an efficient,multi-modal transportation system which will increase the mobility of people and goods within the Appalachian Region. The COG assists the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) in the long-range planning of rural transportation improvements including highway infrastructure, public transit, planning studies, and other needs as appropriate. The COG works with jurisdictions in the region to prioritize local needs and make recommendations to the SCDOT for funding of highway and transit projects.


for immediate release

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The DRAFT 2017-2019 Rural Planning Work Program is now available for public comment. The work plan covers the two (2) upcoming federal fiscal years of 2017-18 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) and 2018-19 (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019). 

To view the draft document, click here.

Submit your comments on the document in the following ways:

Via phone: Call Lance Estep at 864.241.4674
Via email: Email Lance Estep at

2016-2017 Rural Planning Work Program (RPWP)

The Rural Planning Work Program (RPWP) describes the annual transportation planning activities undertaken by our office. Tasks identified in the RPWP include planning for transportation projects in the rural portions of the region, coordination of human service transit activities, and coordination of projects with the other transportation partners in the region. The RPWP is approved by the ACOG Board each year which serves as the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) for the COG. 

2040 Long Range Transportation Plan

The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a comprehensive transportation planning document for the six-county Appalachian Region.  The LRTP defines the overarching goals for transportation in our region, establishes existing and future transportation needs of the region and allocates projected revenue to transportation programs and projects that address those needs. 

The plan and it's components are available for viewing and download as follows:

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Demographic Trends and Projections
Chapter 2: Roadway Network
Chapter 3: Intersections and Safety
Chapter 4: Bridges
Chapter 5: Maintenance and Resurfacing
Chapter 6: Signalization
Chapter 7: Mass Transit
Chapter 8: Bicycle and Pedestrian
Chapter 9: Environmental Screening
Appendix A: SCDOT Rural Area Planning Process
Appendix B: ACOG Public Participation Plan

2017-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Appalachian Region TIP outlines the planning objectives, priority status and funding source for all projects scheduled for construction over a five-year period.  The TIP is submitted to SCDOT for approval and inclusion in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The STIP contains an accounting of federal highway funds approved by the SCDOT Commission for roadway improvements as well as certain public transit allocations.

The STIP is organized according to SCDOT District Offices. Information on Appalachian Region counties can be accessed through the following link: SCDOT.

ACOG 2017-2022 TIP Financial Statement (Updated 09.27.2016)

Other important documents related to the rural transportation program:

ACOG Public Participation Plan
ACOG Title VI Complaint Procedures
File a Title VI Complaint

Staff Contacts:

Lance Estep, AICP
Transportation Program Manager
30 Century Circle
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 242-9733