Bus Shelters

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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.


Bus shelters, particularly at major stops, provide an increased level of comfort for passengers and increases the visibility of the transit system in a positive manner.  CARTA has developed a bus shelter installation program to target the placement of shelters at the system’s more heavily-used stops.

Bus Stops: Currently there are 1371 bus stops in the CARTA service area.

Bus Shelters: There are currently 80 bus passenger shelters throughout the CARTA service area.  All shelters are equipped with a CARTA system map and general instructions on how to use the system.

CARTA currently only has a contract for the cleaning and trash removal at the shelters that are owned and constructed by CARTA.

Bus Benches: Currently, CARTA does not install or manage any bus benches in the Charleston area.

The City of North Charleston has a contract with an advertising company for the placement of bus passenger benches within their city limits.


As of 2011, CARTA completed the construction of 25 new bus passenger shelters throughout the service area.  The highly utilized Rivers Ave. corridor was a focus with many shelters erected along that route.  Click Bus Shelter Locations for our full listing.

CARTA staff recommends the construction of 8-10 passenger shelters annually until a target placement of 200 shelters is met.  When completed, 200 shelters will provide 15% of all stops with a shelter.   Current service standards provide that CARTA place bus stops in urban settings at approximately eight stops per mile, in suburban settings the standard is four stops every mile.  As an average system wide, 200 shelters would provide a shelter every mile and a half.

To learn more about current improvement projects, view one of the pages below: