This page provides links to the final project report, the October 2017 webinar, presentations given to the CMCOG Technical Committee during the study process, the memos and appendices prepared, and other studies within the region which were incorporated into this plan.


Final CMCOG Regional Freight Mobility Report

Central Midlands Freight Mobility Plan

The CMCOG Regional Freight Study provides an assessment of the current freight infrastructure within the CMCOG and Columbia Area Transportation Study (COATS) MPO study area and identifies specific projects and policies designed to support current and future freight movement. This investigation of the CMCOG freight system needs and issues, combined with identifying projects targeted to improve the system allows the CMCOG to pursue funding opportunities at the federal, state, and local levels. Maps for the final plan can be found here – Maps.


October 2017 Webinar

October 2017 Freight Mobility Webinar

A just under 40 minute project webinar walks through all of the work through October 2017 prior to the development of the priority projects and the draft Final Plan.


Technical Committee Presentations

January 2017 Project Intro

In a presentation to the CMCOG’s Technical Committee on January 24th, 2017, the Central Midlands Freight Mobility Study Team outlines the study process from beginning to end.

May 2017 Project Update

On May 23, 2017, the Central Midlands Freight Mobility Team provided an update on their progress including the Existing Conditions Tech Memo, Best Practices, Economic Impact Analysis.

August 2017 Project Update

The Central Midlands Freight Mobility Study Team returns to the CMCOG Technical Committee on August 22, 2017 to look at findings from the Land Use, Infrastructure, and Regulatory Gap Analysis.  Includes results from a Truck Parking Analysis.





Appendix A: Existing Conditions Report

This technical memorandum describes conditions on the existing freight network in the Central Midlands, including key freight highways, railroads, and airports handling cargo. It also discusses regional freight generators (e.g., large shippers and industrial parks) as well as freight-intensive land uses and zoning designations that may impact regional freight operations as well as their impacts on the community. This document also describes current and future freight flows in the four-county region in terms of tons, value, mode, and direction (to, from, within, and through). Finally, it provides estimates of the economic impact of goods movement in the Central Midlands, including employment, economic output, and tax revenue.

Appendix B: Freight Movements and Economic Impact Brochure 

This 11×17 two-sided brochure provides relevant data and its economic impact within the Central Midlands region.  A breakdown of this data and charts can be found on the Economic Impacts page. 

Appendix C: Land Use, Infrastructure and Regulatory Analysis

With these multiple freight, economic, and social uses in one area, ensuring that land uses allow for efficient freight flows and safe public interaction is crucial. In order to gain an understanding of these issues, this analysis reviews the existing constraints impacting the freight network, regional freight specific land uses and policies, commercial truck parking, and future freight transportation demands and land use of the Central Midlands region.

Appendix D: Best Practices

This document provides a best practices foundation for the CMCOG Freight Plan, including recent federal and state freight planning guidance, to ensure that the CMCOG plan is consistent with state and federal freight goals. It also provides an overview of emerging logistics and technology trends that can be used by local planners when evaluating options for freight improvements, and whether there is an opportunity for CMCOG to become involved. Finally, it provides best practice examples from other regions that CMCOG planners may wish to explore and adapt for the Central Midlands region.

Appendix E: Performance Measures

This report documents the process in which performance measures for the Central Midlands Freight Mobility Plan can be used to identify and prioritize projects in the region.  It offers guidance to local governments to implement goals, objectives, and performance measures into the project identification, prioritization and programming process of their own municipalities.

Appendix F: Priority Projects

This technical memorandum identifies the vision for freight transportation policy and infrastructure investments within the Central Midlands Council of Governments study area. Based on the results from the previous technical memoranda, particularly the existing needs and deficiencies analysis, identified freight needs and feedback received during Central Midlands technical committee meetings and freight mobility survey. This memorandum first identifies the freight needs and deficiencies of the Central Midlands region. It then takes the needs and deficiencies and addresses the specific freight projects and policies necessary to keep the Central Midlands Council of Governments study area competitive in the freight market during the present time and in the future.

Appendix G: Public Information and Stakeholder Engagement

This document summarizes how the Central Midlands Regional Freight Mobility Planning effort sought stakeholder input and shared information about the study with the public.


Relevant Studies

Relevant Transportation, Economic Development, and Land Use Studies Considered During the Central Midlands Freight Mobility Study Process

While the Central Midlands Freight Mobility Study is the first regional, comprehensive freight mobility in the State of South Carolina, it is not the first freight mobility study in the state nor is it the first transportation, land use, or economic development study effort to consider the movement of freight through the region, the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) sector, or the consequences of living adjacent to freight corridors.

Columbia Area Transportation Study 2035 Long Range Comprehensive Plan

Completed in 2008, the Columbia Area Transportation Study’s 2035 Long Range Comprehensive Plan is one of the older studies considered for this study, but because it builds upon the Columbia Area Transportation Study Regional Motor Freight Transportation Plan adopted in 2008, it offers some valuable recommendations to implement.


Charting A Course to 2040: SC State Multimodal Transportation Plan

In this update of the South Carolina Multimodal Transportation Plan (MTP), the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) partnered with the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the South Carolina State Ports Authority, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, and other key stakeholders to reflect the latest information on travel and growth trends, goals and objectives, infrastructure conditions, future deficiencies, and estimated funding. The SCDOT Commission adopted the MTP in December 2014.


Carolina Crossroads

In the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the I-20/26/126 corridor, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is promoting informed decision making to development a transportation solution(s) which improves mobility and enhances traffic operations by reducing existing traffic congestion, while accommodating future traffic needs (through the year 2040).


Columbia Corridor Management Plan

The Columbia Corridor Management Plan consist of 83 miles of interstate and freeway facilities along the following sections:I-20 from Longs Pond Road (Exit 51) to Clemson Road (Exit 80), I-26 from Peak Exit (Exit 97) to US 21/321 (Exit 119), I-77 from I-26 to Killian Road (Exit 22), I-126 for the entire length, and SC 277 from I-77 to Bull Street (US 76).  While the typical transportation study evaluates just the infrastructure components, this study will also include strategies to lessen the travel demand or to shift the demand from the peak periods.


Richland County 2015 Comprehensive Plan

The 2015 Richland County Comprehensive Plan is organized into nine elements: Population, Housing, Cultural Resources, Natural Resources, Economic Development, Transportation, Priority Investment, Community Facilities and Land Use. Each element includes an inventory of existing conditions, statement of needs and goals of the community, and implementation strategies to achieve these goals. The overall intent of the plan is to identify expected development patterns and to guide and facilitate growth in a manner that is respectful of the County’s natural and cultural resources.


Plan Columbia 2015

This plan, adopted in 2015, in an update to the future land use chapter of the city’s comprehensive plan, The Columbia Plan. City planning staff completed the update with the assistance of planning consultants as a preliminary step towards adopting new land development regulations and to bring greater clarity to the city’s vision for the future. The City is now updating its zoning regulations to reflect their adopted plan.


2012‐2017 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Central Midlands Region

This Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) was designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen regional economies. This CEDS analyzes the regional economy and serves as a guide for establishing regional goals and objectives, developing and implementing a regional plan of action, and identifying investment priorities and funding sources.


2014 Calhoun County, SC Comprehensive Plan 

Calhoun County’s comprehensive plan outlines general policies, goals, and objectives which are intended as a guideline for developing policies.  After the 2007 South Carolina Priority Investment Act amended the SC Local Government Comprehensive Planning Act requiring local comprehensive plans to also include priority investments as well as consideration of transportation infrastructure and needs.


2006‐2016 Comprehensive Plan for Kershaw County, South Carolina  – Five Year Review

Kershaw County’s comprehensive plan outlines general policies, goals, and objectives which are intended as a guideline for developing policies.  After the 2007 South Carolina Priority Investment Act amended the SC Local Government Comprehensive Planning Act requiring local comprehensive plans to also include priority investments as well as consideration of transportation infrastructure and needs.  This five year review determines “whether changes in the amount, kind, or direction of development of the area or other reasons make it desirable to make additions or amendments to The Plan.”


Fort Jackson/McEntire Joint Land Use Study Implementation Final Plan

This Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is a cooperative planning effort between the military and the communities of the region to examine both the way that Fort Jackson/McCrady and McEntire operate and the way that nearby communities are growing. The study’s purpose is to ensure military missions continue without degrading the safety, and quality of life in surrounding communities, while also accommodating local economic development.


Planning Elgin: 2012 

The town of Elgin, SC’s 2012 comprehensive plan offers a community profile of the built environment to understand where the town was at 2012, and then looks at trends and probable scenarios about where the town could go.  The final comprehensive plan examines population trends, housing trends, economic opportunities, natural resources, cultural resources, community facilities, transportation, land use, and priority investments.


Rosewood Plan: A Corridor & Neighborhood Plan (May 2012)

The Rosewood Plan – A Corridor and Neighborhood Plan was prepared to guide the future growth and development of the Rosewood corridor and neighborhood. It was developed through a cooperative planning effort between the Rosewood Community Council, Edisto Court Community, Central Rosewood Neighborhood, and South Kilbourne Neighborhood.


Imagine Mill District: Whaley, Olympia, Granby (ongoing)

The Capital City Mill District study area is defined by the original mill neighborhoods of Granby, Whaley and Olympia. In an effort to finely tune a vision for the Capital City Mill District, the goals of this plan are to protect and enhance the physical, cultural and historical fabric of the District; promote the spirit of community; promote accessible, safe and enjoyable travel of all types; preserve the authenticity and integrity of the Mill vernacular architecture and community design; establish a community framework that will guide development by engaging those who live, work and invest in the Mill District.


Newberry-Columbia Alternative Analysis (2014)

The Newberry-Columbia Alternatives Analysis evaluates enhanced transit improvements in the Newberry-Columbia corridor, which passes through Richland, Lexington, and Newberry Counties.  The Newberry-Columbia corridor is centered on the CSX rail line, traveling through the towns of Prosperity, Little Mountain, Chapin, and Irmo along a 40-mile alignment between its termini in the downtown areas of the cities of Newberry and Columbia.


Walk Bike Columbia (2014)

The Central Midlands Council of Governments partnered with the City to develop this Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan and Bike Share Plan, From May 2014 through April 2015, this study recommended a network of complete streets for the City of Columbia, as well as biking and walking related programs and policies.


Cayce, West Columbia & Springdale Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan (ongoing)

The City of Cayce, in partnership with the Central Midlands Council of Governments, City of West Columbia, and Town of Springdale is undertaking a bicycle and pedestrian planning process. Called the West Metro Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan, the Cities will develop a comprehensive plan for the future of pedestrian transportation. Simultaneously, the Cities are also performing a Bike Share Feasibility Study to determine the viability of a bike share system.