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.


Although not a federal agency, CARTA procurement’s are governed by the Federal Transit Administration regulations.  As such, please find the FTA Master Agreement: Federal Transit Administration Master Agreement

Are you interested in doing business with local government agencies? If so, you have found your first step. Conducting business with CARTA may be a rewarding experience and we invite our business to compete for opportunities. There are small and large opportunities for local, regional and national businesses to do business with CARTA.

To participate as a registered DBE, you must be registered with the SCDOT.  We also encourage and have programs for DBE and Small Businesses to participate in procurement opportunities.

In accordance with State procurement Code and CARTA’s current contract for procurement services, please use the following contact information for any projects that have entered the active procurement process or to add/delete/change vendor information on CARTA’s official Vendors’ List and for general information regarding CARTA procurement, send your email to or call 843-724-7304.

Although not required, official vendor application and registration does assist CARTA in appropriately matching vendors with specific business opportunities as they become available.  Vendor Application:  Vendor_Application_2011

Current open solicitations:

Concrete Repairs

Bus Shelters

Past solicitations:

Full Size Crew Cab


Website Design and Redevelopment RFP

Farebox Management System RFP

CARTA RFP-Bus Shelter

CARTA RFP-Automatic Passenger Counter


RFP-Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations