December 2015




The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA), in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to address the environmental effects of the proposed Intermodal Center project.  The EA has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as well as implementing regulations and agency guidelines.  Also available for public review is the evaluation of the proposed property in accordance with Section 4(f) of 49 U.S.C 303.

The North Charleston Regional Intermodal Transportation Facility is proposed for the site where the current Amtrak Station stands on Gaynor Avenue in the City of North Charleston.  The planned single-story terminal building will include passenger terminals for Amtrak intercity rail, Southeastern Stages intercity bus service, and CARTA local and commuter bus service, all of which will be integrated with technology and security features to provide safe and seamless connections.  The facility will also serve as the administrative offices for CARTA and provide a public meeting space which will contribute to the vibrant center.

The EA and Section 4(f) evaluation are available for review as of the date of this announcement at the CARTA Administrative Office, 36 John St., Charleston, SC 29403; The Charleston County Main Library – 68 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401; North Charleston City Hall, Planning & Zoning Dept., 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29405; and online at

Written Comments will be accepted concerning this project until January 4, 2016.  Statements may be emailed to or mailed to: Jeffrey Burns, CARTA Planner, 1362 McMillan Ave. N. Charleston, SC 29405.

Click the links below to view the full document and the appendix
Environmental Assessment 
Appendix A
Appendix B – T & E
Appendix C – 4(f)
Appendix D-Traffic
Appendix E-Title VI
Appendix F-Haz Mat
Appendix G-Cultural Resources
Appendix H-Outreach

 Section 4(f) Evaluation

July 2015

To view the presentation from the meeting held on July 14, 2015 please click the 07/14/15 Public Meeting Presentation




May 2015

 Modified Proposed Intermodal Site 2015

Project Status Highlights


  • Project management and ownership transferred from CARTA to City of North Charleston
  • Wannetta Mallete to serve as Project Manager
  • CARTA is funding 80% of 14.5M with FTA Grants
  • Davis and Floyd continuing A/E design
  • Reduced building from 32,000 SF to 14,217SF
  • Updated timeline with a project completion date of February 2017


To view the slide presentation presented at the Liberty Hill Improvement Council meeting on  05/22/15 view the link to the right.


August 21, 2014

Liberty Hill Improvement Council Community Meeting

To view the slide presentation presented at the Liberty Hill Improvement Council meeting on Thursday 08/21/14 view the link to the right.  The handouts from the meeting are also available to the right along with a traffic study.  Please click either to view the documents.

June 16, 2014 Public Meeting Recap

To view the slide presentation presented at the meeting, please click on the link to the right.  Below are the renderings of the building and space, a write-up recap of the meeting along with a link to the Post and Courier article and photos from the meeting.



June 16, 2014


The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority hosted a public meeting Monday evening at the Danny Jones Recreation Complex regarding its plans for a new intermodal facility at the site of the current Amtrak station on Gaynor Avenue. The meeting drew a crowd of 81 attendees, including members of the community and representatives from CARTA and engineering company Davis & Floyd.

The presentation was very informative, providing a project schedule that outlined current progress on the facility through the hopeful date of its completion. In addition, 3D renderings provided by Davis & Floyd allowed members of the community to see what the facility could look like from the inside and outside.


However, the facility will be so much more than the average transportation hub. A Post and Courier article on the meeting highlighted some of the key features that the new facility will offer: “There will be ‘vibrant’ public spaces, local and public art displays and a presentation of the station history and that of the Liberty Hill community, officials said.”


To read more about The Post and Courier’s (pay wall) coverage of the meeting Monday evening, follow this link:


Conceptional Site Plan


Site Selection & Context


Top Stair





Front Stair



From Train View


 First Floor Plan    Second Floor Plan        Open View

Building view from Rivers Ave.



Public attending 1st Public Meeting


More details and information regarding public input and project phases will be added to this page, please check back periodically.



Background and Introduction 06/15/14

Project Introduction

As a gateway to the Lowcountry, this proposed world-class facility would be a catalyst for future economic opportunity in the community and feature leasable retail, restaurant and office spaces.  The project would also celebrate the cultural heritage of the Liberty Hill neighborhood in public spaces both inside and outside the station.

The 32 ,000 square-foot transportation hub proposed for the site of the current Amtrak station on Gaynor Avenue would provide connections between local CARTA bus service, Amtrak, and Southeastern Stages intercity buses.

The purpose of this project is to develop a fully accessible, modern, intermodal transportation center that can improve the overall operational efficiency of CARTA’s bus transportation system serving the Charleston metro area, while providing connectivity to other transit alternatives including Amtrak train service, taxi service, future commuter service options, etc.

Initial Anticipated Project Schedule & Next Steps

Summer/Fall 2014 

  • 1st Public Meeting 06/16/14 
  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to initiate process for National Environment Protection Act (NEPA)/National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA); 
  • CARTA to begin process of disposing of the W. Montague Avenue site;
  • CARTA to continue development of site and building plan based on public comments;
  • 2nd Public Meeting

Winter/Spring 2015

  • FTA to conclude NEPA/NHPA process;
  • CARTA to initiate acquisition of Gaynor Avenue Site:
  • CARTA to finalize building & site design;
  • 3rd Public Meeting

Summer 2015/Fall 2016

  • CARTA to initiate construction of site, 1/2 Platform, and new building;
  • Amtrak to move into new facility; existing station to be demolished;
  • CARTA to construct bus transfer facility;
  • Anticipated project completion: October 2016

Please check back periodically for updates regarding this project.

UPDATE: 07/14/15 Public Meeting Presentation

Liberty Hill Improvement Council Presentation 05/22/15

Liberty Hill Improvement Council Meeting Presentation 08/21/14

Meeting handout 08/21/14

Traffic Analysis (08/21/14)

PublicMeeting061614PPT - Final