[image-1]If you have strong opinions about what is needed to improve traffic in Charleston — and we know you do — now’s your chance to weigh in.

Charleston’s Transportation Department will be holding a series of public input sessions beginning Wed. Oct. 25. Running from 6-8 p.m. at BoomTown’s Charleston headquarters at 1505 King St., locals will be able to meet with city representatives and local leaders to discuss what must be included in the next update of the citywide transportation plan.

According to the city, citizen input will be gathered through live mapping and surveys. This information will then be used to create 13 “prioritized concept designs” regarding future transportation projects in the city.

In updating Charleston’s transportation plan, the city is working with the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, which has been working to revamp the area’s long-term transportation plan over recent months.

Those who can’t make it to Wednesday’s meeting will have other opportunities to voice their opinions on transportation needs in the area. Open sessions will take place Oct. 25-26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1505 King Street. During those times, residents will be able to stop in at the Harbor Entrepreneur Center to offer up recommendations.

“Engaging our citizens is a critical first step as we work toward improving transportation citywide,” Traffic and Transportation Director Keith Benjamin said in a public statement. “Their first-hand recommendations will help us to effectively define accessibility in Charleston, mitigate congestion and achieve a good balance of transportation alternatives throughout our city.”

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