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.

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: 



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.  

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:

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