Media Policies

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.

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Since Charleston’s mass transit system is governed by eight member governments and by regulations of the Federal Transportation Authority, CARTA has a responsibility to consider any media requests and handle them as the system deems appropriate, on a case by case basis.

CARTA asks that all media outlets respect the rights of bus system users, drivers and other staff to wait for and ride the bus system without disturbance.

The following policy and guidelines have been set in order for CARTA to effectively and quickly handle any media requests from documented media outlets and contact:

  • Request to board any CARTA bus should be submitted more than 48 business hours in advance of need.
  • Media must provide assignment details in writing or over the phone, including timing, focus of the story, interview needs (CARTA spokesperson, driver and/or passenger), if bringing a video or traditional camera, etc.
  • When media contacts the CARTA office, a CARTA employee will record all necessary details (name, media outlet, request, timing, etc.).  The CARTA employee then will send the information to Rawle Murdy and also ask the media contact to contact Rawle Murdy directly.
  • All media requests will be relayed to Rawle Murdy, on behalf of CARTA.  Media outlets are welcome to contact Lindsey Barrett with Rawle Murdy directly with any requests.
  • CARTA request the opportunity to comment on any story that is filmed on or about CARTA buses or the transit system.
  • When the request is to board a CARTA bus, a CARTA representative must be present. This is to aid in coordination of any interview and access needs in a timely and smooth manner.