The South Carolina Department of Transportation will host a virtual public meeting to provide an update on the state’s efforts to plan for the future of rail and gather public input on trends, needs and opportunities that will impact rail over the next 20 years.

The South Carolina Statewide Rail Plan represents a long-term vision of statewide policy to improve freight and passenger rail, according to a news release. The plan will assess the existing statewide rail system in South Carolina and identify opportunities to enhance rail safety and expand rail service.

The webinar will be hold from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26.

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This meeting will be held via Zoom Webinar and requires registration. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the Zoom Webinar. The presenter will control the unmute feature for attendees, but a chat feature will be available to participants throughout the meeting.

Members of the public who are unable to join the virtual public meeting will be able to watch a recording of the meeting online after the meeting by clicking here. The public will be able to make comments and ask questions via the chat feature during the virtual public meeting.

The 2024 update will involve input and guidance from a variety of stakeholders, to include passenger and freight rail operators, metropolitan planning organizations and council of governments neighboring state DOTs, and the general public, according to SCDOT’s website. The plan will assess the existing statewide rail system in South Carolina and identify opportunities to enhance rail safety and expand rail service. The plan will also identify anticipated trends, needs, and issues that will impact rail over the next 20 years.

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