Everyone in attendance supported plans to work together regarding rail elimination and alignment. Columbia is a constant hub of activity with government, industry and education all coming together in the Capital City. Thousands of people work here, attend college here, and serve the people of this state in various capacities. With that comes thousands of commuters coming to the City daily, and thousands more on the weekends for conventions, entertainment and events.
The press conference was held on Assembly Street, which is a heavily traveled artery and the combination of increased vehicular traffic congestion, freight rail volume and slow train traffic speeds results in unacceptable delays (both to vehicles and trains), increased air and noise pollution, and increased danger to pedestrians.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation has created a website where citizens can provide input and learn more about the project. It is at https://www.assemblystreetrailproject.com.