Sanford establishes transportation council

Gov. Mark Sanford has established the S.C. Interagency Transportation Coordination Council, which will help transportation agencies streamline their operations and collaborate more effectively.

Sanford signed the executive order Friday, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

“We believe this is a small but meaningful step toward better protecting both the wallets and indeed time of taxpayers,” Sanford said in the release. “These efforts — specifically consolidating and coordinating state agencies’ transportation programs — go to the core of common-sense notions like restructuring and quality of life, and for that, I’d encourage this group in its work going forward.”

Sanford will appoint to the council Bill McIlwain of Lexington, a state Department of Transportation veteran who has served as statewide rail program manager, director of administration and director of finance in the agency. Other members will be named later.