Welcome to
CARTA Transit System

CARTA stands for: Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority. CARTA offers Fixed-route, Flex Service, Express commute service, and Paratransit service throughout the Charleston Metropolitan area, including The Trolley (DASH) service in the Historic Peninsula area of the Charleston.

This site provides information about how the system can take you almost anywhere your life takes you in the Charleston Metro area including work, shopping, hospitals, schools, and much more.


Welcome to Charleston’s public transit site. We’re glad you’re interested in learning more about CARTA. The following sections will help you learn more about the history of CARTA, where we are today and what our plans are for the future.  Thanks to the support of the community, CARTA continues to grow stronger and offer more comprehensive bus service.

CARTA operates Charleston’s public transportation system covering the metro area of Charleston South Carolina. CARTA is South Carolina’s largest public transportation provider and ranks as one of the top systems in the region with well over 4 million rides taken on CARTA each year.

CARTA is funded in part by FTA and SCDOT.  CARTA also receives local funding from farebox revenue and from the Charleston County ½ cent sales tax.  CARTA is subject to the regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), and federal, state and local laws.

Mission Statement

Our Mission

The mission of the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority is to deliver quality, affordable transit services that link people, jobs and communities in the most efficient manner possible.

We deliver quality, affordable transit services that link people, jobs and communities.

Our Values

We will accomplish our mission with a diverse workforce that is:

  • Courteous – creating a pleasant environment for ourselves and our customers.
  • Innovative - Seeking out and encouraging employees who initiate change, improvement, learning and advancement of our goals.
  • Motivated – Striving to meet each task with spirit, enthusiasm and a sense of pride to be second to none.
  • Professional - Provide transit service with the highest standards of quality and safety for our customers and ourselves.
  • Reliable – Dependable, maintaining the highest standard of trust for our customers and fellow employees.
  • Results-Oriented – Focus on getting the job done and derive personal satisfaction from the service we provide.

Our Commitments

We are committed to meeting our goals by:

  • Setting clear goals, standards and priorities.
  • Communicating openly with customers and employees.
  • Helping all of our employees develop to their fullest potential through enhanced training and education.
  • Being accountable to fellow employees and customers.
  • Supporting employees so that they can serve customers.
  • Engaging employees in decisions that affect them and their work and creating a stronger sense of ownership among our employees.



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