Richland County Council voted to place the Transportation Penny on the ballot after a great deal of deliberation and study, which began in 2006 when it established a 39 member citizen led Transportation Study Commission. This Commission held numerous public input meetings and completed a comprehensive study with assistance from a global consulting firm which specializes in planning, development, design, construction, operations, and maintenance of critical infrastructure. The study addressed failing roads, the lack of sidewalks and greenway infrastructure, and the unstable bus system. The council also sought the input of other area elected officials. For more information go to Richland County's webpage.