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.

The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) is soliciting proposals from qualified consulting firms to prepare a Coast RTA Organizational Plan to identify transit needs, current gaps in service, and potential financing options. Coast RTA Organizational Plan RFP.

Georgetown County US 17 Corridor Study Update

Click here to view video of April 1, 2021 meeting. Password is waccamaw#17

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.

PUBLIC MEETING – WEDNESDAY July 14, 2021 from 5-7pm

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation from the July 14, 2021 open house public meeting.

There will be a public meeting to present the findings of the US 17 Corridor Study in Georgetown County. The meeting will be an open house format from 5-7pm at the Murrells Inlet Community Center located at: 4462 Murrells Inlet Road, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. The project consultant, AECOM, has analyzed the existing conditions and developed 2040 transportation improvement recommendations to help maintain US 17 as a safe and efficient corridor. Details of these recommendations will be on display at the meeting. For further information please see the public meeting notice link here: Public Notice US 17

If you have any questions regarding the meeting or comments in reference to the Draft US 17 Corridor Study please reply to  

The Draft US 17 Corridor Study is available for review at the following pdf links:

US 17 Corridor Study in Georgetown County
Appendix A Steering Committee Minutes
Appendix B- Raw Traffic Counts
Appendix C and D- Wiki Map Comments and Public Meeting Comments
Appendix E Signal Plans
Appendix F Existing 2019 Synchro and Sim Traffic Reports
Appendix G- No Build 2040 Synchro and Sim Traffic Reports
Appendix H- Build 2040 Synchro and Sim Traffic Reports
Appendix I and J Build 2040 Sidra Reports and Arterial Analysis
Appendix K- Concepts
Appendix L- Performance Measures

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.  

Below are simulation videos of proposed improvements at five intersections analyzed in the Corridor Study. To make comments on any of these videos, please reply to The simulations represent projected 2040 traffic conditions at these locations:

Kings River Road at Waverly Road:


Kings River Road at Tyson Drive:

US 17 at Litchfield Country Club Drive:

US 17 at SC 707:

US 17 at Waverly Road:

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:

Carolina Bays Parkway Ext. Newsletter 1

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: