Advisory Committee


In April 2013, Richland County Council appointed the Transportation Penny Advisory Committee (TPAC). The function of the TPAC is to review, comment on, and provide recommendations to County Council regarding Council’s use of the one-cent additional sales tax that voters approved in the November 2012 referendum. The TPAC is composed of 15 Richland County residents representing Arcadia Lakes, Blythewood, Columbia, Eastover, Forest Acres, Irmo and unincorporated areas of the County. TPAC members are volunteers who serve without compensation. Their terms of service range from three to five years.


Committee Meetings Info

The TPAC meets at 4 p.m. on the third Monday of every month. Meetings are virtual and streamed on the County’s YouTube channel. Meeting announcements are posted here.

TPAC meetings are open to the public. Email public questions and comments to Submissions may be addressed during the public comment portion of the meeting. When submitting a question or comment, please include a full name and address.

Richland County Council has prescribed the following powers and duties to the TPAC:

    1. Provide a recommendation on any modification to the Penny-funded transportation project list not consistent with the generic description of the project(s) (such as the addition of new projects not currently on the projects list, etc.). Any modification to the project list consistent with the generic description of the project(s) shall not require a recommendation by the TPAC. An example might be minor revisions to a project on the projects list that do not impact the overall scope of the project.
    2. Recommend any reordering of the project list priorities, if applicable.
    3. Provide quarterly reports to each respective jurisdiction from which Committee members are appointed.
    4. Review the proposed Scope of Services for the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Program Management Team and make recommendations as needed.
    5. Make recommendations for a financial review of the Transportation Penny as needed. (There will be an annual financial audit.)
    6. Make recommendations to the Board of Directors of Central Midlands Transit (aka The COMET), and to any other governing body with regard to the Transportation Penny.
    7. Assist the County in reviewing transportation needs and developing principles by which the County would undertake those needs.
    8. Serve as the body through which municipalities of the County would provide input for consideration on transportation needs and the principles by which the County would undertake those needs.
    9. Leverage the committee’s knowledge and experience with the County’s transportation needs in determining whether to submit a referendum question to the qualified County electors regarding a Proposed Sales and Use Tax.
    10. Perform all other additional duties as assigned by Richland County Council.


    The TPAC regards its role as representing the interests of County residents who use and/or finance various modes of transportation the County provides. These residents reasonably expect that transportation improvements financed by the one-cent County sales tax and related bonds will be effective, efficient and equitable. The TPAC, therefore, acts as an agent of and voice for these public expectations and brings diverse perspectives to its interactions with County Council, the Transportation director, and the Columbia Transit Authority. Within its limitations as a volunteer advisory committee, the TPAC carries out its role by selectively reviewing information on transportation improvements, reviewing and commenting on plans, seeking clarifications, raising questions, and making suggestions. It serves as a link between the public interest and County officials responsible for conceiving, organizing, managing, implementing, auditing and evaluating Penny-financed transportation improvements.

The powers and duties of the TPAC were most recently amended and expanded by a resolution from the County Council in March 2024. Read the resolution here: 2024 Richland County TPAC Resolution





John Black, Chair


Eva Prioleau, Vice Chair


Chris Keefer, Secretary

The TPAC will consist of 15 members, appointed by the County / City / Town Councils (Parties) of each Richland County jurisdiction, and will serve at the pleasure of the Party that appointed such member(s). Two ex-officio Councilmembers will serve on the TPAC.

Each Party will use its best efforts to ensure the overall membership of TPAC is diverse with respect to ethnicity, culture and gender, as well as expertise or knowledge in one or more of the three transportation modes (roadways; bike / pedestrian / greenways; CMRTA – bus system).

The TPAC shall establish rules and procedures for the conduct of its business, and shall appoint a chairman, vice-chairman and secretary. The TPAC shall hold regular meetings at least once a quarter, and shall be entitled to call special meetings as set forth in its procedures. The TPAC must ensure compliance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.

Members would have five-year staggered terms, with no term limits.

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Blythewood Richard McKenrick
Columbia John Black, Chair
Creston Brown
Peyton Bryant
Eastover Leroy Faber
Forest Acres Matt Morrison
Irmo Clint Scoville
Richland County Chris Keefer, Secretary
Candace Pattman
Eva Young Prioleau, Vice Chair
Shirley Robinson
Kamal Shlon
Algerron Williams Sr.
Ashton Williams
Ex Officio Councilman Paul Livingston