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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.

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  • Business Center 

    Welcome to the CARTA business center. This is a great place to learn about career opportunities and business development with CARTA. Small, large, local and…

    • Career/Jobs 

      Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities with the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA).  Functionally, CARTA has two…

    • Media Policies 

      Since Charleston’s mass transit system is governed by eight member governments and by regulations of the Federal Transportation Authority, CARTA has a…

    • Filming/Photography 

      Your filming and photography projects, both large and small, are welcome on CARTA. Charleston is a beautiful city and has become very popular for making…

    • Advertising on CARTA 

      Looking for ways to get your message out? Want to advertise your service, product or business and reach thousand everyday? Advertising on CARTA, buses, and…

    • Procurement 

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

    • Auctions 

      Bicycles, Bus Parts, Vehicles and More CARTA will periodically put items and property up for public auction. We auction bus equipment and used buses,…

    • Title VI & DBE Usage Goal 

      Title VI was enacted as part of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.  It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin in…

  • News + Info 

    News & Information This section will provide you with current and past news articles and press releases as well as reports, public meeting notices and…

    • Charleston County Schools & CARTA Routes 

      The maps on this page show the location of Charleston County School District Schools and which CARTA routes operate near each school.  Please click on one of…

    • Event Calendar 

      CARTA is connecting to the community. View our calendar for current and upcoming promotions, appearances and events.

    • Multi Media Center 

      CARTA is on the move, with great “How to” videos and helpful brochures, and creative marketing elements to increase the interest and use of public…

    • Press Releases & Announcements 

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    • Reports & Meeting Notices 

      It is the policy of the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority that all CARTA-sponsored public meetings and events are accessible to people with…

    • Media Policy 

      As Charleston’s mass transit system governed by eight member governments and by regulations of the Federal Transportation Authority, CARTA has a responsibilit…

    • CARTA Blog 

      Connecting and communicating with the community is important to CARTA. Informing the community about CARTA and public transit in general is also important. For…

    • Event & Activity Photos 

        CARTA/VEOLIA Supervisor Leon-Wear Red Shoes Campaign   Wear Red Shoe Bus @ Ronald McDonald House

    • CARTA Commerce 

      Do you own or operate a business? Do you also want to not only improve public transit but also reduce congestion in the Lowcountry? Here's your chance.…

    • Intermodal Facility Public Meeting 07/14/15 

      NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING - July 14, 2015 The public is hereby advised that the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) will conduct a…

    • May 1, 2016 Phase 1 Route Changes & Schedule Modifications 

         ROUTE CHANGES AND SCHEDULE MODIFICATIONS EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2016 -(Listed below) PHASE 1 ROUTE CHANGES AND SCHEDULE MODIFICATIONS Effective May 1,…

    • Rider Alerts 

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    • 2016 Cooper River Bridge Run 

      39th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run PACKET PICK UP 03/31/16 and 04/01/16 --NASH Shuttles - Bridge runners can pick up their free pass at the NASH Express 4…

    • CARTA Bus Tracker 

      Taking some of the guess work out of transit, the CARTA Bus Tracker is now available.  Click the link: Know where your bus is in 4 easy steps for basic…

    • Events/2017 

      2017 CARTA Friends and Family Night at Stingrays Hockey..LETS GO RAYS! Sunday February 19, 2017 is CARTA Friends and Family Night at the Stingrays. Giv…

    • NASH - North Area Shuttle 

      Welcome to NASH The North Area Shuttle NASH Services Upgraded-NEW PRICING EFFECTIVE October. 4, 2015 1)    Route 4 NASH Express It’s only $3.50…

    • CARTA's Annual Bus Roadeo/Friends & Family Day  

      IT'S BUS ROADEO TIME!! CARTA's Annual Bus Roadeo/Friends and Family Day  When: Saturday, November 8, 2014 8:30am-2:30pm Where: North Charleston…

    • Cooper River Bridge Run 2017 Bus Service 

      40th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run Bridge Run Packet Pick Up   NASH-Airport Express is your Bridge Run Packet Pick Up transportation if your…

    • Route Service, Fare Changes and Tel A Ride Zone Changes-Effective October 4, 2015 

      The following changes will go into affect on Sunday October 4, 2015.  Please review all the information below.  Service changes will affect several routes…

    • Dorchester Road Temporary Bus Stop Closures 

      Week 1 schedule of closures May 31 – June 1 SB – 347 Dorchester Rd / Bryhawke Circle 346 Dorchester Rd / Hunley Park 372 …

    • Irma Alerts 

      IRMA UPDATE IX, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 9:30 a.m. CARTA has returned to full service. Some delays and detours can be expected as water continues to recede. Rider…

    • Senior Free Ride Day 08/21/16 

          Sunday, August 21, 2016 is National Senior Citizen Day.  CARTA will participate in this national observance by allowing seniors (age…

    • Cannon and President Detours-Effective 04/24/17 

      Starting on April 24, 2017 several routes will be impacted by road closures near Cannon and President.  Expect detours on routes 30, 31,203, 204 and 213.  To…

    • CARTA Endorsed App-"TRANSIT" 

      Accurate bus tracking, easy trip-planning and more   Press Release ROLLING FORWARD: CARTA NOW FEATURES REAL-TIME “TRANSIT” APP CHARLESTON,…

    • North Charleston Park and Ride Updates 

      ATTENTION CARTA CUSTOMERS Express 1 Riders EFFECTIVE MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017 Starting on Monday, July 17, 2017, all CARTA Express riders will need to park…

    • ROLLING FORWARD: CARTA NOW FEATURES REAL-TIME "TRANSIT" APP 

      ROLLING FORWARD: CARTA NOW FEATURES REAL-TIME “TRANSIT” APP Accurate bus tracking, easy trip-planning and more CHARLESTON, S.C. (September 25,…

  • About CARTA 

    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…

    • Leadership 

      CARTA BOARD CARTA is a Regional Transportation Authority a state and government governed by an 18 member board with members representing jurisdiction of:…

      • Letter from CARTA Chairman and Executive Director  

        September 2015 The Charleston Regional Transportation Authority has undergone much change in recent months, including new board and executive leadership,…

      • Board of Directors 

        Councilmember Michael Seekings Representing: City of Charleston Role on Board: CARTA Board Chairman    Councilmember  Vic Rawl Representi…

    • History 

      The following is a brief history outline of how public transportation has evolved and grown in the Charleston area.  CARTA has worked diligently to preserve…

    • Transit Planning 

      A number of projects are underway to help us provide you with a better experience when using CARTA, including convenient new bus shelters, upgrades which help…

      • Intermodal Center 

        The idea of an intermodal facility originated in the early 90’s with the City of North Charleston.  When CARTA was formed as a regional authority, the…

      • Bus Shelters 

        Bus shelters, particularly at major stops, provide an increased level of comfort for passengers and increases the visibility of the transit system in a…

        • Bus Shelter Locations 

          1 ASHLEY LANDING MALL @ HWY 7 2 ASHLEY LANDING MALL @ HWY 171 3 ASHLEY AVE @ SPRING ST 4 ASHLEY RIVER RD @ SAM RITTENBERG BLVD. 5 …

      • i-26Alt Study 

        Many of those living, working, and visiting the Charleston, S.C., region will travel the I-26 Corridor between Summerville and Charleston as it serves as a…

      • Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) 

         On our way to building a world class regional transportation system… CARTA Comprehensive Operations Analysis (2016) CARTA, along with…

    • Public Meeting Notices 

      CARTA is constantly working to upgrade services, facilities and amenities to better support riders. Please view the sections below for upcoming meeting…

    • Operations 

      Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) currently contracts Transdev Services, Inc., to manage its transportation system. Transdev is a…

    • FAQ 

      CARTA Buses Q: Where can I find the nearest bus stop? You can use the trip planner located on the front page of the site.  Simply input where you are and…

    • Employment Opportunities 

      2016 CARTA is currently operated by Transdev and managed by BCDCOG (Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments. Transdev is the largest…

  • Customer Support 

    There are several easy options to reach us. We value all of our current and potential riders to the CARTA system and we continuly work to find better ways to…

    • Contact Us 

      Contacting CARTA is easy! There are several easy options to reach us. Online Click on the Question or Comment box and complete a form to help us direct…

    • Privacy Policy 

      Welcome to the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority web site. The information in this privacy policy is intended to assure web site visitors that…

    • Customer Comments 

      Your feedback is very important to us. It helps us meet our goal to provide safe, reliable, clean and accessible service. Please fill out the form below and…

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  • Request a New Route 

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  • Children Under 6 Free 

    Children Under 6 Free Children under 6 are able to ride fixed-routes and DASH for free when accompanied by a paying family member or friend.

  • Pet Policy 

    Service Animals: Guide, signal, service animals and police dogs are the ONLY pets permitted on CARTA Vehicles.

  • Report a Problem 

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  • Riding CARTA 

    Routes/Maps/Schedules Provides information, schedules, and maps for every CARTA Route. Rack & Ride Learn how you can use your bicycle with…

    • Holiday Hours 

      Metro buses operate 365 days a year. Please review the recoginized service Holidays listed below (effective October 4, 2015)   New Year’s…

    • Routes/Maps/Schedules 

      This system guide provides you with information about each CARTA bus route, including where they go, what amenities are available (where applicable) and when…

      • System Map 

        System Map Update 2017        

      • CARTA DASH Map & Times 

        This convenient map displays all of the DASH Shuttle routes, the DASH bus stops, as well as the times for each DASH route.  This map also has many major…

      • Bus Routes & Schedules 

        Route 1 North/South Express (North Charleston/James Island) (Rt. 1 Bus Stop Listing) Route 2 East West Express (Mt. Pleasant/West Ashley) (Rt. 2 Bus…

    • Express 

      ATTENTION EXPRESS RIDER SURVEY - Please click 2017 Commuter Bus Survey to provide your feedback regarding the new Express bus style that was introduced in…

      • Park and Ride 

        Park and Ride lots offer a convenient and easy way to commute to work with less stress, less wear and tear on your vehicle and more savings!  Simply leave…

    • Visitors 

      Welcome to Charleston! Charleston is a city rich in history, tradition and Southern charm, attracting millions of visitors a year. With CARTA, you can visit…

      • DASH Shuttle 

        DASH - Downtown shuttles are the most convenient way to see downtown Charleston - and It's Free! CARTA can connect you with many of Charleston’s attractions…

      • Airport/Train/Greyhound 

        Airport The Charleston International Airport is located at 5500 International Blvd. and has over 128 flights daily going to over 15 destinations.  CARTA…

      • Visitors with Disabilities  

        Visitors  with Disabilities If you’re visiting Charleston and are disabled, you can ride CARTA at the discounted rate when you show your Medicare Card, or…

    • Rack and Ride 

      It's FREE, Fast and Easy! Rack & Ride makes going places….and riding CARTA easier than ever! Now there’s a great way to get everywhere you want to go…

    • Accessibility 

      This section provides information on the accessible services available that CARTA provides to disabled customers. CARTA is committed to making our public…

      • Tel-A-Ride 

        TEL A RIDE ZONE STRUCTURE  Effective Date: 10/04/2015 CARTA Tel A Ride services and prices operate in a zone structure.. Zones are based off…

      • Accessibility Facts 

        How does the Americans with Disabilities Act affect CARTA? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted on July 26, 1990. Among its many provisions,…

    • Lost and Found 

      If you’ve lost something on CARTA or a DASH Shuttle, we may have it. Lost items found on CARTA vehicles are turned in to the operations facility located at…

    • Safety and Security 

      Safety and Security are a Top Priority at CARTA Bus Operations Safety and security are a top priority at CARTA.  We work hard every day to ensure your ride…

    • Weather Emergencies 

      Weather conditions in Charleston can range from extremely hot and humid in the spring and summer months, to cool and humid in the winter months. Snow or ice is…

    • How to Ride 

      How to Ride CARTA’s Guide’s to Ride will help you become familiar with using transit in 6 easy steps, quickly turning you into a savvy transit expert. W…

      • Pet Policy 

        Service Animals: Guide, signal, service animals and police dogs are the ONLY pets permitted on CARTA Vehicles.

      • Conduct Code/Rules of Riding 

        Rules Of The Road To Remember: Do not carry open cans or bottles on the bus.  They are a safety hazard. Do not play radios (without headphones) on…

      • DASH-Free Downtown Shuttle 

        DASH-DOWNTOWN AREA SHUTTLE  CARTA is saying goodbye to the Trolley and hello to fantastic brand new shuttles to serve the downtown area.  The service is…

      • Seniors 

        CARTA provides safe and reliable transportation Free Ride Sunday for Senior 12/11/16 Sunday December 11, 2016 CARTA will hold another Senior Free Day where…

      • Riders With Disabilities 

        All CARTA Buses Are Equipped for Riders with Disabilities CARTA is committed to making our public transit system increasing accessible to members of the…

      • Express Commuter Service 

        CARTA Express makes your commute to school or work easy! Just follow these 6 easy steps: Step 1: Plan before you go. To learn about the Express routes,…

      • Regular Fixed Routes 

        Let's Ride in 6 easy steps! Planning your trip just got much easier with the Google transit planner.   It may still be helpful to review the information…

    • Complete Bus Stop Listings 

      Click on a route below to view all the stops located on that particular route. Passengers will be picked up or dropped off ONLY at the bus stops listed here…

  • Fares and Passes 

    We want to make your ride simple and easy. There are several options available to pay for your trip. There are also several programs available that offer…

    • General Fares & Passes 

      Our fare boxes accept cash, CARTA issued passes and transfers. General Fares Fare boxes accept both bills and coins.  Please have exact change when…

    • Where to Buy Passes 

      CARTA Office (Leeds Ave.) 3664 Leeds Ave. Hours: 8:30am-5pm/Mon-Fri 843-724-7420 Charleston Visitor Center (Downtown) 375 Meeting Street Hours: 8:30am-5pm…

    • Purchase Passes Online 

      1-Day Pass Good for 1 day uponfirst use. 3-Day Pass Good for 3 consecutive days after first use.   …

    • Students 

      **CHARLESTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT INFORMATION **CCSD & CARTA ROUTES The maps on below show the location of Charleston County School District Schools…

      • CCSD 

        Charleston County School District provides the ability for students at several area schools to receive student bus passes at no cost to the student.  For…

      • Trident Tech 

        Trident Technical College has an agreement with CARTA and provides passes available for purchase at a discounted price at both the Palmer Campus in downtown…

      • College of Charleston 

        College of Charleston currently has an agreement with CARTA that allows all of the current faculty, staff and students to use all CARTA services at no…

      • Virginia College 

        Virginia College has an agreement to make passes available on campus for students. Student passes along with several other types of CARTA passes are available.…

      • Centura 

        Centura College currently works with CARTA to provide passes to students at the Centura College Campus location. For details regarding price, discounts and…

      • MUSC 

        MUSC currently has an agreement with CARTA that allows all of the current faculty, staff and students to use all CARTA services at no additional charge to the…

      • Miller Motte Technical College 

        Miller Motte Technical College currently works with CARTA to provide passes to students at the Miller Motte College Campus location. For details regarding…

    • Pass Programs 

      CARTA currently works with several institutions and business in the area to make commuting to work and school easier. There are several options available to…

    • School Groups 

      Discounts may be available if you have a school group that would like to use CARTA for a field trip or area outing. Large groups should always contact CARTA…

    • Special Rates & Discount Fares 

      Low Income Fares Low income fares are available to those who qualify. Qualified individuals will receive a CARTA ID that they will need to show when paying…

  • Hermine Service Updates 

    2:35 p.m.:  SERVICE ALERT: Route 11 Detour: From Superstop northbound --> Cosgrove Ave --> Azalea Dr. --> Azalea Dr. --> Kent St., back on-route. …

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  • Advertising 

    Jon Kane Advertising Sales Manager CARTA 1362 McMillan Ave. Suite 100 Charleston, SC  29405 843.529-0400  Office 843.720.1985  FAX JKane…

  • Thanks 

    Thanks for signing up for CARTA updates!

  • Store 

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    • Checkout 

      Checkout

    • IPN 

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    • Receipt 

      Your Receipt

    • Express 

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    • Cart 

      Your Shopping Cart

  • CARTA Updates 

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  • Intermodal Facility 

    December 2015   NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF AN ENVIRNMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR PUBLIC REVIEW NORTH CHARLESTON INTERMODAL CENTER The Charleston Area Regional…

  • Charleston Total Solar Eclipse 2017 

      CARTA services will run as regularly scheduled on August 21, 2017.  Here is what to expect day of the event: •       Anticipate delays…

  • Transportation Feedback Form 

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  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) 

    Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a high-quality bus-based transit system that delivers fast, comfortable, and cost-effective services at metro-level capacities. BRT…

  • New App 

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