1981: The organization was founded as South Carolinians for Better Transportation by a coalition of highway industry partners to encourage and promote South Carolina’s prosperity through leadership on transportation issues.
1987: The organization implemented the successful Drive for Tomorrow Educational Campaign, resulting in passage of Act 197 which included a motor fuel user fee increase of three cents and was signed into law by Governor Campbell.
1991: The organization was restructured as the South Carolina Transportation Policy and Research Council to accommodate a larger scope of issues and to enhance our role in effectively advocating the importance of investing in South Carolina’s transportation infrastructure.
2001: The Council formed the Business Alliance for Transportation (per the request of the SC Legislature) to study state infrastructure needs and make recommendations to state government.
2003: The Business Alliance for Transportation partnered with the SC Chamber of Commerce and local chambers to complete the study and issued recommendations to the state legislature and Governor Sanford for increased highway funding.
2005: The Council’s Danger Ahead Campaign helped restore $78 million in diverted highway funds back to the State Infrastructure Bank.
2007: In an effort to shorten and modernize the organization’s name, the council was re-branded the SC Alliance to Fix Our Roads (SCFOR) and began working to establish broad based support of organizations and businesses from all sectors of industry in South Carolina.
2013: SCFOR joined forces with ally organizations to advocate for increased highway funding. This partnership included a “Road Map to the Future” campaign which ultimately led to passage of Act 98, which included $500 million in bonding; $50 million for bridge improvements; and $50+ million for non-federal aid highways.
2014: SCFOR implemented a social media grassroots campaign for transportation funding #FIXSCROADS which allowed us to utilize Facebook, Twitter, and a website, www.fixscroads.com, to further engage the public on the transportation infrastructure debate.
2016: SCFOR continued to garner support for improving South Carolina’s transportation infrastructure and continued to advocate for passage of legislation. Public support for increased funding to fix South Carolina’s roads was at an all-time high during this time. The General Assembly passed Act 275, which secured over $200 million in recurring revenues and leveraged $2 billion in bonds for highway capacity and bridge projects over 10 years.
2017: SCFOR continued to work with allies and ultimately secured passage of Act 40, the most comprehensive funding bill in South Carolina’s history. The bill totaled over $630 million in new recurring funds (once fully implemented) exclusively for roads and bridges. Components included a phased-in motor fuel user fee increase of two cents per year (over 6 years/12 cents total) and increases in vehicle-related fees. The bill also provided for SCDOT reform as well as tax relief for individuals and businesses.
2018: Voters support fixing South Carolina’s roads. The proof is in the primaries! No legislators were defeated in the primary elections because of their support of road funding. This can be attributed to hard work of SCFOR and our allies when it came to educating the public on the need for investment.