Transportation Planning

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.

The COG recently acquired the Appalachian Regional Travel Demand Model (ARM) from SCDOT. The ARM will provide a consistent modeling platform and framework for the region's MPO's and the COG to base their long-range planning efforts on. COG staff will act as the model custodian for the region and will perform all maintenance and analytics associated with the ARM. For more information on the Regional Modeling Program, click here.


ACOG Requests Public Comment on

2024-2033 Transportation Improvement Program Draft

The Appalachian Council of Governments (ACOG) requests comments from the public for their 2024-2033 update of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The ACOG Board of Directors approved this draft plan during their November 2023 meeting. After this approval, the program was sent to SCDOT for comments and feedback and has been approved in its draft state.

The public has the opportunity to comment on the action to adopt the drafted plan as final. ACOG will receive public comment for a 21-day period from January 26, 2024 through February 16, 2024.

A summary of substantive comments will be presented to the Board of Directors. Pending no substantive comments, the plan will be presented for adoption at the February 2024 ACOG Board of Directors meeting.

Please direct any questions or comments to Jake Whitmire, Transportation Planner at or by phone at (864) 241-4674.


Please allow a few seconds for the map to load. This interactive map highlights all programmed projects being administered by SCDOT. Zoom in to the area of interest and click on a project to get detailed information regarding project status, type, and the SCDOT project contact.


2022-2023 Rural Planning Work Program (RPWP)

Adopted May 28, 2021, Amended October 28, 2022

The Rural Planning Work Program (RPWP) describes the transportation planning activities undertaken by our office during the two consecutive fiscal years referenced in the program. 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 biennial and is approved by the ACOG Board every two years. 


2045 Long Range Transportation Plan

Adopted August 26, 2022, Amended May 19, 2023

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. 


2021-2027 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Adopted May 22, 2020, Amended August 26, 2022

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 2023-2029 TIP Financial Statement - Revision 37 (Updated 08.08.2023)


Other important documents related to the rural transportation program:

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

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