News Update!
How do you currently travel around the Bluffton, Hilton Head and Beaufort area?  Do you drive alone, carpool, or take the bus?  The Lowcountry Council of Governments and Palmetto Breeze are developing a vision for transit and need your help.  Take the transit survey and share your thoughts. The online survey is avalible through Friday, March 23. Pass it on!


The SC Department of Transportation has given the responsibility of transportation planning in the Lowcountry Region to the Planning Department. A Transportation Committee is made up of eight members of the LCOG Board. These responsibilities include:

Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the region
The LRTP plan is prepared and implemented using a Technical Committee made up of planning professionals in each county.
Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
The STIP grant and guideshare funds are administered and monitored for the regional transportation projects. A SC DOT approved detailed project decision-making matrix is used to ensure each project is selected on quantifiable needs.

Palmetto Breeze

Lowcountry Regional Transportation Authority (LRTA)
The Transportation Department works with LRTA/Palmetto Breeze and other partners to improve and extend public transportation services within the region.

Some examples include:

Lowcountry Coordination Plan
Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan
Vanpooling Pilot Project
US 278 Bus Service Business Plan
Bus & Bus Facilities Livability Initiative Program

Lowcountry Area Transportation Study & Metropolitan Planning Organization (LATS & MPO)

  • The Lowcountry Area Transportation Study (LATS) was established in 2013 to be responsible for the new Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in the Hilton Head area. Federal regulations require the formation of a MPO to “provide continuous, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning” for urbanized areas with more than 50,000 residents. According to the 2010 Census, the Hilton Head/Bluffton urbanized area hit this mark, becoming the first new MPO in South Carolina in more than 20 years.
  • The partner jurisdictions are Beaufort and Jasper counties, the cities of Beaufort and Hardeeville, the towns of Bluffton, Hilton Head and Port Royal
  • LCOG’s planning department administers the planning process that determines how the area’s federal transportation dollars will be spent.  This includes coordinating the participation of all of the jurisdictions in allocating  the funding for improvements for roads, bridges, public transit, and bicycles, and pedestrian facilities. The process is to promote a safe, effective, efficient, and environmentally sensitive multi-modal system for the LATS area.
  • The MPO is responsible for the development and regular update of:
    • Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) completed in 2015
    • Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
    • Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)