GSATS is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) responsible for carrying out the urban transportation planning process for the Grand Strand area.

As the MPO, GSATS provides the forum for cooperative decision making in developing regional transportation plans and programs to meet changing needs. It is composed of elected and appointed officials representing local, state and federal governments or agencies having interest or responsibility in comprehensive transportation planning.

Public Notice: Transportation Management Area (TMA) Certification Review

As a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) with a population of over 200,000, GSATS is required to participate in the Transportation Management Area (TMA) Certification Review process once every four years. The TMA Certification Review is scheduled for October 22, 2020. Please see the attached link for more details regarding this process: GSATS MPO TMA Public Notice

If you would like to provide public input regarding the MPO, please complete the Public Comment Form included on the attached link: GSATS TMA Public Comment Form

Please complete and submit your Public Comment Form via email or mail by October 19, 2020. Address your form to Yolanda Morris, Federal Highway Administration.  

1835 Assembly St. Suite: 1270
Columbia, SC 29201

Coast RTA Survey

Coast RTA is launching a new service to North Myrtle Beach from Myrtle Beach, via Carolina Forest.  The new service is expected to launch on October 1st. You can find their survey below: 


GSATS is seeking public comment on proposed changes to its’ Transportation Improvement Program. The proposal entails adding the Inlet to Intracoastal multipurpose path located in Murrells Inlet to the Transportation Alternatives Project (TAP). The project proposes to extend the existing multipurpose path from the Old Kings Hwy/Riverwood Dr. intersection to the Wachesaw Rd intersection and then follow Wachesaw Rd to the Wacca Wache Boat Ramp. The total distance of the multipurpose path improvement is 3.0 miles.

Federal funding in the amount of $639,000 is proposed to be allocated to this project. Georgetown County is responsible for providing the 20% required match. Construction of the project is currently scheduled to begin in FY2021.

Please provide any comments you would like to make on this proposal to: All comments received before September 26, 2020.

Georgetown County US 17 Corridor Study Update

The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) encourages citizens to get involved in the ongoing US 17 Corridor Study in Georgetown County.  The US 17 Corridor in Georgetown County currently carries an average of 35,000 vehicles per day.  This area has experienced significant growth which has led to increased congestion and safety concerns along the corridor.

The study began in June of 2019 and is expected to conclude by the end of 2020.  A Public information meeting will be held in the near future, possibly in a virtual format to minimize COVID-19 exposure risks associated with large gatherings of people. In the meantime, an animated visualization of key recommendations can be viewed on the following link.

The video showcases the proposed improvements on two segments of US 17. The first segment begins at Tyson Drive and ends at the Waverly Road intersection. The second segment begins at Wesley Road and ends at the SC 707 intersection. The turning movements at the Waverly Road and SC 707 intersections are also featured in the video.  

To view the FY 2020 – 2021 Unified Planning Work Program Addendum 1, click here.

NCDOT and SCDOT invite you to provide input on this project via NCDOT’s online public engagement platform “”. You can access the site by visiting and scrolling down to Carolina Bays Parkway Extension, or directly via this link:

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