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The half-cent sales tax was approved in a referendum in 2004. Over its estimated 25 year life, it will raise $1.3 million of which about $1.1 billion is marked for transportation. Although not specifcally mentioned in the wording of the referendum, County Council members indicated that 18% of all funds - $234 million - would be marked for CARTA. The balance would be used for road and drainage work. The Transportation Advisory Board was formed to develop a Comprehensive Transportation Plan and to help guide spending.

August 18, 2006

Greenbelt Advisory Board August 17
What will be the impact of extending the Mark Clark Expressway?
Possibly not as much as we thought
Warwick Jones

The Mark Clark Community Impact Assessment Report, one way or another, has been in the public domain for a few weeks. The draft, presumably the final, was sent to members of the Greenbelt and Transportation Advisory Boards late last week. They assembled yesterday, together with about 30 members of the public, to hear a presentation by the consultant who prepared the report.

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July 13, 2006

Transportation Advisory Board, July 12
Wraps up project scoring and ranking process
Results in line with those of Consultant
Warwick Jones

The Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) completed yesterday the task set before it by County Council. When presenting the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) to Council some weeks ago, the TAB recommended that a system to score and rank transportation projects be adopted. The system should be based on eight criteria defined by the TAB. Council consequently asked the TAB to review the recommended projects in the CTP using the eight criteria. The results of this review will be presented to Council at the Finance Committee meeting this evening. There should be no surprises.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 05:25 PM

June 29, 2006

Transportation Advisory Board, June 28,
Attempting too much?
To ask County for $0.5 million for I-26 study
Warwick Jones

We applaud loudly the efforts and intentions of the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB). But the applause may be muted for the results of some of its deliberations, in particular, the ranking of transportation projects. Yesterday, the TAB met again to judge and rank the projects mentioned in the Comprehensive Transport Plan (CTP) against the criteria it defined earlier in the year. Although we feel confident that the Board will ultimately come up with a list, its scoring and rankings may be questionable.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 05:58 PM | Comments (0)

June 22, 2006

Transportation Advisory Board, June 21
First steps to rank projects in Comprehensive Transportation Plan
Coastal Conservation League seeks action on I-26
Warwick Jones

With the completion of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan and its presentation to Council, the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) could have expected a long rest. But it won't be able to put its feet up for another few weeks. County Council asked the TAB to assess and rank some of the projects in the Comprehensive Transportation Plan according to the criteria it defined and reported in the Plan. The meeting yesterday was the first of possibly 3 or 4 to do Council's bidding. It may not be important but we are not sure that the TAB is proceeding correctly.

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June 07, 2006

County Council June 6
Still no closure on Outside Agencies
Oversight role of TAB endorsed
Warwick Jones

The issue of contributions to Outside Agencies refuses to die. The Finance Committee at its meeting last Thursday agreed to defer the allocations to Outside Agencies until policy was better defined within the next few months. Last night, Council's vote was equally split as to accepting the Finance Committee's recommendation. Consequently, the recommendation to defer was not adopted. Council will meet again on Thursday to take up the issue once more. The only agreement that presently exists is that $312,000 will be distributed to Outside Agencies in fiscal 2007.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 05:45 PM | Comments (0)

May 18, 2006

Transportation Advisory Board, May 17
Pressed by presentation deadline
Issues over application of prioritization criteria
Warwick Jones

It was not the best of meetings. Council has requested that the findings and reports of the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) be delivered to it by May 23. Although the TAB was well aware of the deadline, it has fallen behind in its preparedness. Yesterday's meeting was characterized by flurry, confusion and uncertainty as the Board attempted to fulfill its obligation. It voted to adopt its "Comments, Findings and Recommendations" but was clearly uncomfortable in doing so. A number of amendments were suggested and left in the hands of the Consultant to implement.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 05:10 PM

May 04, 2006

Transportation Advisory Board, May 3
To look again at some projects in Comprehensive Plan
Is the Board attempting too much?
Warwick Jones

There was some anguish at yesterday's meeting of the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB). It wound up discussion on the project selection and prioritization process that will be part of its public policy document. But on completion, the Chairman remarked that many of the projects in the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) should be subject to scrutiny under this design selection process. And if these projects were now going to be reviewed, could the TAB complete the Plan and remain on schedule for presenting the plan to Council? The answer was very probably "yes".

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April 20, 2006

Transportation Advisory Board. April 19
To recommend that CARTA gets special funding
Deliberates on other funding priorities
Warwick Jones

Yesterday's meeting of the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) was devoted largely to defining policy, specifically to funding allocations. One of the recommendations is certain to create controversy.

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April 06, 2006

Transportation Advisory Board, April 5.
Plodding along with policy and priorities
Wants transparency in dealings
Warwick Jones

It was slow progress at yesterday's meeting of the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) as it plodded to define a transportation policy for inclusion in the Comprehensive Transportation Plan. The process began two meetings ago and is likely to extend to at least another.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 05:58 PM | Comments (0)

March 22, 2006

Transportation Advisory Board meeting March 22
Differences resolved with County and Consultant
Board tackles policy, and listens to Mount Pleasant's lament
Warwick Jones

The differences between the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB), the County and the consultant seem to have been resolved. The Chairman of the TAB stated that he had met with senior staff of the County, principles of LPA, the consultant, and the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the County Council. Contrary to that indicated by a member of Staff at the last TAB meeting, the "draft" Comprehensive Transportation Plan, now available on the County's web site will not be the "final" report. It will be amended to effect correction of errors, and the inclusion of other material that was agreed to at the meeting attended by the TAB Chairman and deputy Chairman, representatives of the consultant, and County staff late last year.

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March 10, 2006

Transportation Advisory Board, March 9
Comprehensive Plan falls short of expectations
Appropriate comments of TAB and others should be incorporated
Warwick Jones

Words and more words. They came in phrases hot and icy, lofty and wafty, in sentences incomplete and looking for meaning, and sentences long, tinged with anger and dismay. They filled a 4-hour meeting of the Transportation Advisory Board as it discussed the Comprehensive Transportation Plan - Part 1.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 05:52 PM | Comments (0)

February 16, 2006

Transportation Advisory Board February 15
Considers draft of Comprehensive Transportation Plan
Funding could be stretched
Warwick Jones

A draft of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan was laid before the Board yesterday. This is the plan called for in the half-cent sales tax referendum and is to set the course for spending the sales tax proceeds dedicated to Transportation. Prepared by LPA Group, the consultant to the County, the draft is to be discussed by the Board in later meetings. Public meetings are also planned and the final plan will be submitted later this year to County Council. The 110-page plan may be viewed by pressing here.

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February 02, 2006

Transportation Advisory Board - February 1
Reviews projects and ComprehensiveTransportation Plan timetable
Warwick Jones

Yesterday's meeting was more about review than deliberation. Much of the meeting was taken up with a discussion of projects before the County this fiscal year, and the release of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan. It also unanimously endorsed the concept of "complete roads".

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January 12, 2006

Transportation Advisory Board January 11
Board member despairs over lack of action
But what can the Board do?
Warwick Jones

Lack of action is disturbing one member of the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB). At yesterday's meeting Board member Cowley complained, "All we do is study and study. We are nowhere". The referendum on the sales tax was over a year ago and "we have made no decision on spending".

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 08:31 PM | Comments (0)

November 10, 2005

Transportation Advisory Board November 9
Bicycle and pedestrian paths top public wish list
Members of Board chide County Council
Warwick Jones, covering for Marc Knapp who is ill

The preliminary results of the public hearings on Transportation held over recent weeks show that bike and walk ways are the top priority of citizens when choosing targets for spending of sales tax monies. Interestingly, bike and walkways were top targets emerging from public hearings relating to Greenbelt spending.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 06:18 PM | Comments (0)

October 14, 2005

County Council October 13
Another meeting called to discuss Infrastructure Bank funds
Tardiness on Diversity Policy angering Council members
Warwick Jones, standing in for Shawn Keller who is on military duty in Iraq

An application to the State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) and "diversity" issues dominated discussion at last night's Finance Committee Meeting. And it was clear that some members were unhappy at the course of events.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 06:27 PM | Comments (0)

September 22, 2005

Transportation Advisory Board September 21
Public meetings, principles for prioritizing, and Board member Pena
Marc Knapp

Details of the planned public meetings and principles for assessing the priority of transportation projects occupied most of yesterday's meetings. We won't dwell of the discussion about the public meetings - it was essentially about housekeeping matters. Suffice to say that there will be five meetings, the first on September 27 and the last on October 13. The details are at the bottom of this note. The meetings are allied with the task of the Consultant to develop a Comprehensive Transportation Plan for submission to the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) and ultimately, the County Council. This plan will, or should be, the basis for spending of sales tax funds allocated to Transportation.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 04:34 PM | Comments (0)

August 25, 2005

Transportation Advisory Board August 24
Format of public meetings discussed
To consider adopting GAB's Rules and Regulations
Marc Knapp

It was not a momentous meeting. Most of the discussion related to the upcoming public meetings and their format. The next TAB meeting holds promise of having more interest with the possible adoption of some of the Greenbelt Advisory Board (GAB) Rules and Regulation which are up for discussion.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 04:42 PM | Comments (0)

August 04, 2005

Transportation Advisory Board August 3
We meet the consultant
And not everybody is happy
Marc Knapp

The Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) met with the new consultant to the County for the first time on Wednesday. The consultant, the LPA Group, has been retained for a 5 year term and amongst other things, will develop the Comprehensive Transportation Plan that was called for in the sales tax referendum ordinances.

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Posted by Warwick Jones at 05:38 PM | Comments (0)

July 21, 2005

Transportation Advisory Board Meeting, July 20
Big backlog of Transportation work
Warwick Jones,. standing in temporarily for Marc Knapp

The meeting was primarily to better educate the members of the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) about the financing of State and Federal Roads. But at the completion of the meeting, even the Chairman of the TAB confessed to gaps in his understanding, particularly in relation to matching grants. But one thing was obvious from the presentations; there is a very large backlog of work, not only on County roads but State as well.

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June 23, 2005

Transportation Advisory Board Meeting June 22
Pressing need to resurface State and County controlled roads. Sales tax should help reduce backlog of work on both
Marc Knapp

The education process continued at yesterday's meeting of the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB). There were presentations from a number of entities but that from the Charleston County Transportation Committee (CTC) stood out. Delivered by Mr. Howard Chapman, the CEO of CARTA, one wonders why the protagonists of the half cent sales tax did not draw more information from the CTC to make their case for a "yes" vote in the referendum last year. Mr. Chapman highlighted the deficiencies of Charleston's roads, how the cost of resurfacing rises sharply the longer the roads are neglected, and the large backlog of work.

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June 10, 2005

Transportation Advisory Board Meeting June 8
Divisions appearing already
What is the role of the Board?
Marc Knapp

The Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) had it second meeting on Wednesday and already divisions are beginning to occur. The first was minor perhaps. One of the members read a note that had been sent to the Board asking that political differences be set aside and that only the common interest of the County should be considered. This was greeted by nodding heads and solemn affirmation. Perhaps only a minute or so thereafter when the subject of proxies was being discussed, Board member Pena, representing the City of Charleston adamantly proclaimed the need that not only should there be proxy voting, but that a board member should have the right to appoint a person to attend Board meetings if the member were indisposed.

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