As Coligny parking is addressed, providing free trolley service during the summer between the new USCB campus and the Coligny area should be considered as an alternative to a parking garage. A parking garage would see little use except during the summer when USCB will have limited activity. One need only look next door to see how Sea Pines provides free trolley service to solve similar congestion.
My "back of the envelope" calculations suggest that a free trolley would cost about the same, perhaps less, than the incremental debt service cost for a parking garage (vs. surface parking). Parking garages are not really Hilton Head nor as safe as surface parking. Trolleys would help relieve congestion at Coligny and present a better arrival/departure experience for tourists.
The town's new land management ordinances and the tax increment financing mechanism anticipate significant redevelopment and growth around both the Coligny and Sea Pines traffic circles. This will increase the traffic demand on the Sea Pines circle, which now exceeds capacity at times during the summer, encouraging locals to scurry through the adjacent retail streets and parking lots to avoid it. Incidentally, the traffic impact of USCB may be of little consequence as the campus' peak activity will occur off-season and will probably be less than any alternative development that would have been proposed for the site.
Let's consider the feasibility of trolleys and find a solution that is both comprehensive and circle-to-circle.
Hilton Head Island
Editor's Note: Rodman is a member of Beaufort County Council, representing District 11.