Committees Structure Meeting Minutes and Agendas
The ARTS is made up of the following committees:
The ARTS is under the general policy guidance of the Policy Committee. This committee meets quarterly is responsible for prioritizing projects, ensuring that future plans are functionally sound, financially feasible, and generally conform with the goals and objectives of the state, region, and local community. The Policy Committee makes final decisions on ARTS planning and programming issues and also provides guidance and leadership for implementation.
Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC)
The TCC meets monthly and is responsible for completing all technical work related to the ARTS planning process as well as serving in an advisory capacity to the Policy Committee and Citizens Advisory Committee. TCC is charged with the responsibility of reviewing the Study, furnishing progress information to the Policy Committee and the Citizens Advisory Committee, and providing to the Policy Committee technical assistance in assessing the problem of implementing alternative proposals.
The TCC is a committee of technical persons, and its role is to bring together and coordinate all the special skills and training necessary to develop a comprehensive transportation plan. Members of the TCC are transportation engineers, planners, and managers from the federal, state, and local levels. As plans and alternatives are prepared and approved by the TCC, they are presented to the respective legislative authorities to gain approval.
Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
One component of the ARTS public involvement policy, the CAC, is designed to function as an information dissemination and reaction group. CAC meets quarterly or as needed is responsible for providing citizen input on all aspects of the ARTS planning process through the public review of social, economic, and environmental aspects of transportation projects. The CAC is comprised of citizens from throughout the ARTS planning area.
The role of the CAC and the other public involvement activities are significant in the planning process is an important consideration for the Policy Committee and TCC in altering or updating the Augusta Regional Transportation Study. Community acceptance for conclusions reached in the Study update depends on the effectiveness of the overall public involvement process. The role of the CAC is crucial to the success of the ARTS transportation planning process.
Test Network Subcommittee (TNSC)
Test Network Subcommittee (TNSC) is part of the TCC and meets quarterly or as needed. The subcommittee is established through the ARTS TCC By‐Laws Article IV Section 4 “A sub‐committee structure shall be used as appropriate to bring technical matters to the full committee”. TNSC was established to inform ARTS regarding specific project costs, schedules and descriptions. This committee is made up of local project sponsors, county and city engineers, Augusta Transit, Lower Savannah Council of Governments, GDOT, and SCDOT. They provide detailed information on transportation efforts, project status and proposed changes. This information and recommendations are passed onto the TCC and CAC for further processing.
South Carolina Policy Sub-Committee (SCPSC)
The South Carolina Policy Subcommittee serves in an advisory capacity to the ARTS Policy Committee, and is responsible for ensuring that the South Carolina portion of ARTS is kept up-to-date. The South Carolina Subcommittee is comprised of locally elected officials (voting members), and federal, state and locally appointed personnel (nonvoting members) representing the South Carolina part of the study area.
The committee provides endorsement for amendments to the TIP and LRTP. Regular meetings of this committee are held on the first Thursday of each quarter (February, May, August and November at 4:00 p.m. in the Sandlapper Room of the Aiken County Government Center, 1930 University Parkway, Aiken South Carolina, or in any other designated meeting place, provided the location is specified in all notices required by law.