Rolling Forward: CARTA Now Features Real-Time "Transit" App

09/25/2017

Accurate bus tracking, easy trip-planning and more

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) today announced its partnership with Transit, the premier public transportation mobile app.

Riders will now be able to navigate the Charleston area with accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation, service disruption notifications, and departure and stop reminders – and it’s all presented in a clear, bold interface.

“This app is a key tool in the rider experience and is the first of several digital steps we’ll be taking this fall to make CARTA more appealing,” said CARTA Board of Directors Chairman Mike Seekings. “Better technology is helping us lay the foundation for long-term, successful public transportation in the Lowcountry.”

Transit is available for free download in the Google Play and the App Store. Read Transit 101 for tips and tricks on how to use the app.

For riders without smart phones or Internet service, CARTA also introduced new SMS texting and phone service. Customers can call or text (843) 202-4410 and provide the stop number of their choice, which can be found on signs at bus stops. An automated system will then relay the next two real-time arrivals for each route servicing the selected stop.

“We’re sensitive to the fact that not everyone has a smart phone and we want to provide as many options as possible for all of our riders,” Seekings said.

In the coming weeks, CARTA will also roll out a new website and an online payment system that will be connected to on-board fare boxes. The transit system, meanwhile, continues to collect data from recently installed Automatic Passenger Counters that it plans to use in the deployment of future service. New shelters and buses are planned in the months ahead, as well.

CARTA Now Offers Phone/Text Arrival Information

09/24/2017

CARTA riders can now call or text an automated number to find out when their bus will arrive.

Simply call or text (843) 202-4410 and provide the bus stop number of choice. (Each stop is assigned a number which is posted bus stop signs or can be found online here.)

Callers will be given the next two arrivals for each route servicing the stop, while texters will receive a response text with the same information.

Rt. 104 Detour 09/23/17

09/22/2017

Route 104 will be detouring on Saturday September 23rd due to planned road closures from about 9am until 11am.  The detour will start at St. John St.  The route will miss the bus stop on Noisette as well as the bus shelter at Turnbull.  Please contact customer service at 843-724-7420 for more info.

Rt. 20 Detouring

07/14/2017

Route 20 will be detouring on Saturday 07/15/17 from 6am - 4pm.  Detour details below:

Southbound: Use Line St. when heading to Meeting & Broad

Northbound: Spring St. to King Street   

Southbound will eliminate stops on Columbus/King and Columbus/Meeting

Northbound the stop that is eliminated is Columbus/King Street.  

Rt. 104 detour starting 07/06/17-Click for details

07/05/2017

Due to construction at the Railroad crossing at Montague and Gaynor, please take the following detour:

 

104 Eastbound

  • On Route at Rivers and Mall Dr. Continue down Rivers Ave. past Morningside Dr. to Durant Ave. Take a left on Durant Ave.
  • Continue down Durant Ave. to Holmes Ave. Take a left onto Holmes Ave.
  • Take Holmes Ave. to Mixson Ave. Make a right onto Mixson Ave.
  • Take Mixson Ave. to E. Montague Ave. Make a right onto E. Montague Ave. Back on Route.

 

 

104 Westbound

  • On Route at E. Montague and Mixson Ave. Continue down Mixson Ave. (Do not make a right onto Montague Ave.)
  • Continue down Mixson Ave to Holmes Ave. Make a left turn onto Holmes Ave.
  • Take Holmes Ave. to Durant Ave. Make a right onto Durant Ave.
  • Take Durant Ave. to Rivers Ave. Make a right onto Rivers Ave. Back on Route.

Update: Private Sector Leaders Raise $46,000 and Challenge Others to Fund Route 20 on Charleston Peninsula

01/11/2017

Feed the Need, Belmond Charleston Place, East Bay Company, Blackbaud and more involved in effort keep residents connected to groceries via CARTA

Mickey Bakst and Paul Stracey of Belmond Charleston Place have officially presented a $46,000 check to the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority that will fund an additional six months of free service on King Street Route 20.

The contribution is part of an effort to assist residents in a part of the city heavily affected by the closure of Bi-Lo last fall. CARTA has provided free service on the route since October and has seen a 50% increase in ridership through January 2017.

Donors to date include:

  • Belmond Charleston Place
  • Feed the Need
  • Hilton and Catherine Smith
  • East Bay Company
  • Sean Litton of Peninsula Company
  • Blackbaud
  • Tony McAlister of McAlister Development Company
  • Croghan’s Jewel Box
  • Neil Robinson
  • Charlie Way

However, Bakst and Co. don’t want to stop at the six months they’ll be providing. They’re also challenging others in the Charleston business community to get involved and fund an entire year of service on Route 20.

For others looking to get involved, checks should be made to Meet the Needs Charleston – a 501 (c)(3) that will transfer the funds to CARTA. The address is 275 Beech Hill Lane, Mount Pleasant 29464.

Private-Sector Leaders Partner to Continue Funding Free Route 20 Service on Charleston Peninsula -- and Challenge Others

12/21/2016

Feed the Need, Belmond Charleston Place, East Bay Company, Blackbaud and more involved in effort keep residents connected to groceries via CARTA ...

Mickey Bakst of Feed the Need and Belmond Charleston Place, Hilton and Catherine Smith, East Bay Company, Neil Robinson, Sean Litton of Peninsula Company, Tony McAlister of McAlister Development Company, Blackbaud and others donating a combined $$46,000-plus to extend free service on Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority’s King Street Route 20.

The contribution will mean six additional months free service in an area of the city heavily affected by the closure of Bi-Lo in the fall. CARTA has provided free service on the route since October – and seen a 50 percent increase in ridership during that time – and will continue to do so through January 2017.

However, Bakst and Co. don’t want to stop at the three months they’ll be providing. They’re also challenging others in the Charleston business community to get involved and fund an entire year of service on Route 20.

“When you look at how Charleston is changing, how its long-time residents are being impacted, I think it is incumbent upon leaders in the business community to step in and help,” said Bakst. “Food is important to our city’s identity and it’s a core essential for everyone. We have to make sure that all residents have access to groceries. It’s the right thing to do.”

For those looking to get involved, checks should be made to Meet the Needs Charleston – a 501 (c)(3) that will transfer the funds to CARTA. The address is 275 Beech Hill Lane, Mount Pleasant 29464.

“In the past weeks we’ve seen residents of Charleston County pass a half-cent transportation sales tax and $500,000 in state funds has come in for shelters and buses,” said CARTA Board of Directors Chairman Mike Seekings. “Now the private sector is stepping up in an incredible way. Combined, this is unprecedented support for public transit in Charleston and we sincerely thank Mickey, Feed the Need, Belmond Charleston Place, Hilton, Catherine and the East Bay Company and Blackbaud for leading this effort.”

Route 20 runs along King Street and Meeting Street between Heriot Street and Broad Street. It serviced the former Bi-Lo and includes a stop in front of the Food Lion on King Street. Food Lion is providing passengers with $2 coupons – the price of standard CARTA fare – through the end of the year.

CARTA Looks to Put Refurbished Bikes Back on the Streets

12/12/2016

First-mile/last-mile ...

Many public transit trips begin with a bike ride or lengthy walk and this holiday season the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) wants to help riders overcome what's been dubbed the first-mile/last-mile problem – and also spread some Christmas cheer.

CARTA has partnered with Affordabike to refurbish 16 lost-and-found bicycles that will be given away to riders over the next couple of weeks in order to help them navigate walks of more than a quarter mile to their stop or final destination. A quarter-mile is roughly the maximum distance that most people find "comfortable" to walk to a stop.

Riders who could use two new wheels – or individuals who know someone who fits the bill – can submit requests/nominations through Dec. 20 by:

All CARTA buses, except free DASH shuttles, are equipped with bike racks as part of the system’s no-cost and easy-to-use Rack and Ride program.

Recipients will be selected by CARTA staff. One of the bikes will be given away through a drawing at the BCDCOG’s Walk + Bike BCD meeting Dec.13 at the former Navy Hospital. That drop-in event is scheduled from 3 – 8 p.m. 

 

New DASH Shuttles Now on the Streets

12/05/2016

A better way to “DASH” around the peninsula for visitors, workers and residents ...

CARTA is pleased to announce the arrival of seven new Downtown Shuttle (DASH) vehicles that will enhance the transit experience for a growing ridership on the peninsula.

 Hitting the road just in time for the holiday shopping season, the recently arrived NewFlyer MiDi buses will replace the existing 17-year-old trolleys and feature noticeable improvements in comfort, safety and efficiency.

"We’re delighted with the purchase of these new vehicles and understand how important this improved experience will be for local workers, residents, students and hundreds of thousands of visitors each year," said CARTA Board of Directors Chairman Mike Seekings. "With a fresh look featuring Charleston’s iconic pineapple for hospitality, we look forward to making downtown more accessible and navigable."

The seven new vehicles are 30 feet in length, eight feet wide and have capacity for 50 passengers. Made in the U.S., each vehicle cost approximately $335,000.  The purchases were made possible via a $500,000 expenditure from the City of Charleston that CARTA staff matched with significant Federal funds.

“CARTA and public transit are playing an increasingly important role in Charleston,” said Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg. “Because of that, the City saw the necessity of assisting in upgrading the DASH fleet and we look forward to further regional collaboration in the future.”

 Highlights of the new DASH vehicles include:

  • Panoramic windows with narrow posts for enhanced onboard views.
  • Quieter and more fuel-efficient engines.
  • Improved accessibility with two doors, low floor and easily accessible wheel chair ramps.
  • New comfort features such as cushioned seats and enhanced air conditioning.
  • Enhanced safety with more floor space for standing capacity, LED headlights, better maneuverability and a narrower frame, taking up less street space.

Three DASH routes allow riders to explore the peninsula, from the Aquarium to the Citadel to Broad Street and Waterfront Park. There is no cost to ride.

 “The DASH service is a convenient and cost-effective way for residents and visitors alike to move around the peninsula,” shares Helen Hill, CEO of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “At the same time, traffic congestion is reduced because there are fewer cars on city streets.”

DASH FACTS

  • Model: 30-foot NewFlyer MiDi
  • Made in the USA (St. Cloud, Minn.)
  • 250-horse power Cummins ISB engine and Allison B300R 6-speed gearbox
  • Replace “trolley” vehicles, which have been in service since 1999.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0: Cost to ride
  • 2: Doors
  • 3: Great DASH routes
  • 7: New NewFlyer MiDis replacing trolleys
  • 8’: Vehicle width in feet (a half-foot narrower than the trolleys)
  • 10’1”: Vehicle height in feet
  • 30’: Vehicle length in feet
  • 53: Total passenger capacity
  • 18,298: Vehicle weight in pounds
  • $335,000: Cost per vehicle
  • $500,000: Local matching funds from the City of Charleston

Free Route 20 Service Extended Until January; Food Lion Adds Coupon to Route

11/16/2016

The CARTA Board of Directors today extended the system’s free service on Route 20 until at least its next board meeting on Jan. 18, 2017.

 Also beginning Monday, Nov. 21, Food Lion will supply a $2 coupon for CARTA riders on Route 20. The coupon is good toward purchases of $20 or more and must be used in conjunction with a Food Lion MVP card.

 We’ve chosen to extend this service through the holidays as a benefit to the community and we’ll revisit the issue in the new year,” said CARTA board chairman Mike Seekings. “We would also like to thank Food Lion for their participation and commitment to the residents of Charleston."

On Behalf of Transit, Thank You

11/13/2016

By Mike Seekings and Ron Mitchum

Charleston County last week approved a $2.1 billion half-cent sales tax referendum that included $600 million for mass transit. The result is an unprecedented win for public transportation in the region and underscores that only an integrated system of roads, transit and bike/pedestrian facilities will help alleviate traffic woes in the Lowcountry.

CARTA executive leadership and its Board of Directors thank Charleston County residents for their “yes” vote and pledge to be excellent, responsible and transparent stewards of these incredible resources while working to build the world-class transit system that our region deserves.

With a bright future ahead, there are a few things that we hope Charleston County residents will keep in mind:

  • We’ll be accountable: From Day 1, CARTA will share regular updates as we put the referendum money to use.
     
  • Expect new buses, more reliable service and improved transit amenities: Much of what residents will see will be in the form of new buses, more frequent service and items such as shelters. It won’t all happen overnight – CARTA won’t receive $600 million in a lump sum – but there will be steady, measureable and noticeable improvement in the quality of our equipment and the service that we deliver every day.
     
  • Bus Rapid Transit: Some $250 million of the funds raised will serve as a local match for a Bus Rapid Transit line extending north from downtown Charleston along the Rivers Avenue. This alternative was studied for more than a year and included a massive public involvement component. Now the Charleston area stands poised to move forward with its first dedicated public transit infrastructure.

In the coming weeks and months, CARTA will undertake further in-depth planning while receiving input and feedback from our customers, area businesses and the community at large. Again we say thank you to the residents of Charleston County as public transit in the Lowcountry enters a remarkable new age.

Mike Seekings is Chairman of the CARTA Board of Directors and Ron Mitchum is the CARTA Executive Director.

BCD Council of Governments, CARTA to Receive $6.1 Million in Federal Funds for Commuter Buses

09/08/2016

Funding is part of a competitive $211 million national program ...

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments will receive $6.1 million to purchase commuter-style buses and related equipment in the Charleston region, the the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration announced today.

The funds will be put to use by the Charleston Area Regional Transit Authority, the grant sub-recipient, for the acquisition of 16 40-foot, low-floor buses and related items such as electronic fare boxes, security camera systems, locators, bike racks and more.

“This is a huge win for our region and is another important step toward CARTA’s strategic goal of updating its vehicle fleet,” said CARTA board chairman Mike Seekings. All of the new purchases will replace current CARTA Express commuter buses.

The BCDCOG, the governmental planning agency that oversees CARTA, received the funding through the FTA’s Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program. Sixty-one projects in 41 states, the Virgin Islands, and Indian Country will share nearly $211 million to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase transit buses and related equipment, and construct bus-related facilities, according to a USDOT release.

The Bus and Bus Facilities Grant, which will help provide more modern, reliable bus service nationally, is part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, signed by President Obama in December 2015. FTA received 284 applications that totaled $1.64 billion from 236 applicants in 47 states.  The competitive bus grant program is authorized through 2020.

A list of the selected projects is available here.

“The Obama Administration is committed to improving transportation options that connect people in rural and urban areas across the country to opportunities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These grants will improve mobility for thousands of transit riders who depend on bus service every day, expanding access to employment, education, healthcare, and other important services in their communities.”

Selected projects include those that replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate and construct bus-related facilities, such as buildings for bus storage and maintenance, according to the USDOT.

CARTA Express commuter routes include:

CARTA John Street office closing to public

08/18/2016

ATTENTION

CARTA CUSTOMERS

CARTA Office at John Street Closing

 

The downtown CARTA office will be closing to the public as of

Friday, August 26, 2016

 CARTA staff and administration will be at the following locations:

CARTA Administration will be located at the CARTA Facility at 3664 Leeds Ave.

CARTA staff are also located at SC Works located 1930 Hanahan Rd. in North Charleston (near Rivers Ave.)

Some CARTA management, marketing and planning functions will be located at BCDCOG (Berkeley/Charleston/Dorchester-Council of Governments) located at 1362 McMillian Ave. Suite 100

Pass Sales

  • Passes are available for sale at the Visitor Center and at CARTA, 3664 Leeds Ave., North Charleston, SC
  • For a complete list of pass sale locations and which passes are available at each location, please see pass sale locations listed below 
  • To request large quantities of passes, please call 843-720-3912 to speak to a representative or leave a message and someone will contact you to coordinate the pass purchase   
  • ALL BULK PASS SALES REQUIRE ADVANCE NOTICE OF AT LEAST 48 HOURS (Quantity of 50 or more)

Maps

  • Maps are available at the Visitor Center next door and at CARTA, 3664 Leeds Ave. North Charleston, SC
  • If you require large quantities of maps, please call 843-720-3912 and leave a message and someone will contact you to coordinate the delivery or pick-up of materials  

 Customer Service 

  • For customer service related issues including: schedule questions, complements or complaints, please call 843-724-7420-MENU OPTION 3

CARTA Administration and Management  

  • 843-574-1810
  • 843-724-7420 Menu Option 7
  • 843-529-0400

PASSES CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

 

LOCATIONS

PASS TYPES AVAILABLE

PAYMENT METHODS EXCEPTED

CARTA ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE:

36 JOHN ST., CHARLESTON, SC

CLOSING AS OF AUGUST 26, 2016

ALL PASS TYPES AVAILABLE

 

*STUDENT PASSES AVAILABLE

 

 

ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS, CHECK, CASH

 

*VA TRANSIT BENEFITS ACCEPTED

VISITOR CENTER :

Hours: Sun- Sat

8:30am-5:00pm

3 DAY

10 RIDE

40 RIDE

31 DAY

EXPRESS

NASH

ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS

CASH

 

CARTA OPERATIONS FACILITY:

3664 LEEDS AVE., NORTH CHARLESTON, SC

Hours: Mon- Fri

8:30am- 5:00pm

ALL PASS TYPES AVAILABLE

*STUDENT PASSES AVAILABLE

ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS, CASH. CHECK

*VA TRANSIT BENEFITS  ACCEPTED

SC WORKS:

1930 HANAHAN RD., NORTH CHARLESTON, SC

Hours Mon-Fri

8:30am-12:30pm

1:30pm-5:00pm

ALL PASS TYPES AVAILABLE

*STUDENT PASSES AVAILABLE

ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS, CASH, CHECK

*VA TRANSIT BENEFITS ACCEPTED

PRICE WISE:

1270 YEAMANS HALL BLVD., NORTH CHARLESTON, SC

Hours: Sun-Sat

7:00am- 10:00pm

3 DAY

10 RIDE

40 RIDE

31 DAY

EXPRESS

CASH

PIGGLY WIGGLY:

8780 RIVERS AVE., NORTH CHARLESTON, SC

Hours: Sun- Sat

7:00am-10:00pm

1 DAY

3 DAY

10 RIDE

40 RIDE

31 DAY

EXPRESS

CASH

 

BULK SALES REQUIRE 48 HOURS NOTICE BY CALLING- 843-720-3912 or EMAIL- rkearney@ridecarta.com

CUSTOMER SERVICE ISSUES CALL- 843-724-7420 (menu option 3)

CARTA ADMINISTRATION- 843-574-1810

 

Mary Street Temporary Bus Stop Construction

08/18/2016

Rider Alert: Due to construction at the Mary Street (Meeting & Mary) stop, the bus stop will temporarily be located at Transit Mall until construction is completed. 

CARTA Commerce: Let's Get Rolling

08/05/2016

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. It's called CARTA Commerce, and it works like this:

1. Businesses provide a discount or benefit to customers with a valid CARTA pass. It could be 10 percent off, a BOGO offer or free drink with purchase. Or something else. You decide and let us know!

2. In return businesses receive a super-awesome decal to display (see above), plus ongoing social media exposure and great community relations PR.

3. And, finally, you get the warm feeling of knowing you’re helping to make public transit in Charleston better. Lots of people talk about it. Now you can do it by helping to incentivize public transportation.

There is no cost to participate and businesses can opt out at any time.

So … ride local, buy local and let CARTA drive some business your way! For more information and to get started, contact Sebastian Hale at shale@rawlemurdy.com.

 

#DumpThePumpCHS: An Epilogue

06/29/2016

Hundreds of Charleston-area residents took part in national Dump the Pump Day on June 16, trading in their regular rides for seats on a CARTA bus, bike trips or a carpool.

To that, we say: Thank you!

CARTA led the Dump the Pump effort locally, using the hash tag #DumpThePumpCHS to rally support and we saw scores of people chiming in with their heart-warming tales of alternative transit use, dips is traffic stats and high-profile leaders using public transportation.

As part of the outreach, we partnered with local shop Affordabike to award a new bicycle to someone using the #DumpThePumpCHS on social media.

And that someone is ... Brady Quirk-Garvan, who thoroughly documented his commute from his Park Circle home to his office on James Island and wrote a truly insightful recap of the whole experience on Facebook.

In his post, Brady (pictured above) noted both positives and room for improvement:

  • Everything ran on time - BRAVO CARTA
  • All the buses were very clean and everyone was friendly on the bus
  • The vast majority of people riding were going to work, increased funding and more routes might allow more people to get better paying jobs.

Improvement:

  • For the THOUSANDS of tech employees on Daniel Island they couldn't participate because there is no public transportation. If we really are going to be ‪#‎SiliconHarbor‬ that must change, and quickly.
  • I had to walk over 1/2 mile on Folly Rd with no sidewalk, we need to make it safe to complete to journey to/from the bus.
  • Large employers should incentivize employees to take the bus. Not only is it better environmentally but it gets people out of the their social/work bubble

He continued, "Charleston is a great place to live and work. However, if we don't make some serious investments in infrastructure (transportation, roads, non-vehicular routes) in the very near future we'll become just another grid-locked area. Let's keep the Charleston area awesome and step up to the plate."

Or ride up to the plate on a new bike, as the case may be.

 

CARTA Rolls Out Transit Riders Advisory Committee

06/20/2016

Transit riders in the Lowcountry now have a new voice, as CARTA last week hosted the first Transit Riders Advisory Committee (TRAC) meeting.

System officials hope to engage in two-way communication, with members bringing questions, comments and concerns to leadership and staff while at the same time helping to educate the general ridership population.

"It's was a good start and I hope we can help," said TRAC member Christine Von Kolintz. A majority of the those on the committee are frequent CARTA riders. Sixteen were present Thursday night.

CARTA Executive Director Ron Mitchum led the nearly hour-and-a-half meeting which covered a range of topics, including funding, service and Tel-A-Ride issues.

"I want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly," Mitchum said, adding, "But also the good."

CARTA currently runs 25 fixed routes, including the free Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) and commuter Express service, in addition to Tel-A-Ride, an on-demand service for the elderly and disabled.

TRAC meetings will be held bi-monthly.

SERVICE DETOUR: Route 104 Montague Ave. (Ongoing)

01/19/2016

NORTH CHARLESTON -- Over the next few months, the Spruill Avenue bridge crossing Noisette Creek will be closed. Route 104 Montague Ave. will be detoured until the road is reopened. Below is the planned detour:

  • Leaving Gullah Avenue (go around block)
  • Right on Spruill Avenue
  • Right on Verde Aveenue
  • Right on Four Poles Park Avenue
  • Left on Gullah Avenue
  • Right on Rhett Park Drive
  • Continue straight on South Rhett Avenue
  • Cross the railroad tracks
  • Right on Bexley Street
  • Left on Spruill Avenue and back on route

Call (843) 747-0922 for additional assistance or information.

 

CARTA Welcomes Three New Board Members

12/17/2015

Chairman praises latest arrivals' unique skill sets ...

CHARLESTON (Dec. 16, 2015) – CARTA is pleased to welcome a trio of new members to its board of directors. College of Charleston professor Mary Beth Berry and Kiawah Island town administrator Stephanie Monroe Tillerson joined the board earlier this year, while Mount Pleasant Town Council member Will Haynie made his official debut on Wednesday.

“We’re pleased to welcome these three individuals, each of whom possesses a unique skill set and perspective that will help move our system forward,” said CARTA board chairman Mike Seekings.

Stephanie Monroe Tillerson, Town Administrator, Kiawah Island
Ms. Tillerson was most recently the city manager for the City of Woodruff in Spartanburg County, S.C. With nearly 15 years of experience as city administrator and planning director in various municipalities across South Carolina, Tillerson supports Mayor Charles Lipuma and the Kiawah Island Town Council, in addition to leading the Town's staff.

Mary Beth Berry, Adjunct Professor, College of Charleston
Ms. Berry is a former James Island Town Council member who currently teaches at the College of Charleston. She was selected by the Charleston County Legislative Delegation to serve as a representative on the CARTA board.
“I’ve lived in both Chicago and Boston and have seen first-hand how essential excellent public transit is to the vitality and well-being of a city,” said Berry, who moved to James Island in 2001. “Charleston is a world-class city and needs world-class transit. I’m honored to be on the CARTA board where I hope I can contribute to achieving that goal.”

Will Haynie, Town Council Member, Mount Pleasant
Mr. Haynie, who currently owns a Mount Pleasant-based media/marketing/PR advisory firm, has been CEO of several non-profits, including the Lowcountry Open Land Trust and the South Carolina Maritime Foundation. His career also includes stints as a newspaper opinion columnist, radio talk show host and congressional press secretary.

“I am a big proponent of public transit,” Haynie said. “We think nothing of spending hundreds of millions on our interstate system or the Ravenel Bridge, which foster private transportation and commerce, but seem to view public transit as some sort of hand out or entitlement. I am convinced that we should invest well in public transit – and it is good for business development by providing workers for a growing economy.”

 

Chairman Seekings Statement on Passage of Federal Transportation Funding Bill

12/17/2015

CHARLESTON – Earlier this month Congress passed – and President Obama signed – a five-year transportation infrastructure bill, the FAST Act. The $300 billion legislation includes $61 billion for public transit. It is the first long-term surface transportation bill in ten years, according to the American Public Transportation Association.

“We at CARTA are extremely pleased that the Federal government has moved to fund public transportation for the long term,” said CARTA Board Chairman Mike Seekings. “We will certainly use every resource available to us to ensure that the Lowcountry receives an appropriate share of this funding and that residents see a tangible benefit in the form of new buses, more shelters and other improvements.”

More than 35 million Americans make public transit trips each day.

 

CARTA and Verizon Wireless Partner to Bring Free WiFi to Lowcountry Transit

10/01/2015

Main line and Express buses outfitted with wireless internet ...

CHARLESTON – Transit riders in the Lowcountry can now connect to the information superhighway while traveling on an actual highway, as the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and Verizon Wireless today announced free WiFi service on the system’s main line and Express buses.

“Our passengers now have a clear advantage over automobile drivers when it comes to technology and connectivity,” said CARTA board chairman Mike Seekings. “It’s a first for our system. It’s a first for our region. And we envision this service as being the sort of tool that will delight our current customers and also get people on the bus for the first time. That change, in turn, decreases traffic and reduces wear on infrastructure, which benefits everyone.”

Unlimited WiFi is now available on CARTA’s commuter-heavy Express Routes 1, 2, 3 and 4, while twelve-user MiFi is being offered on local routes.

CARTA provides more than 15,000 trips each weekday, 60 percent of which are commuter rides. In 2014, the system posted record ridership, surpassing the 5 million mark for the first time.

“Thousands of workers, students and residents spend time on our buses each day. Why not make that time productive – even fun?” Seekings said. “Whether they’re staying connected with family, updating social media, checking email or catching up on the latest news, our riders now have access to a desirable service that will improve their time on the road.”

The partnership between CARTA and Verizon is set for an initial run of two years. The deal, in essence, will see the wireless carrier provide service in exchange for a fully branded bus wrap.

“Verizon is proud to partner with CARTA to bring high-speed 4G LTE mobile Internet to Charleston’s commuters,” said Krista Bourne, president Verizon Wireless, Carolinas/Tennessee Region. “Transit riders will appreciate the reliability and security of our network as they seamlessly use their smartphones, tablets and laptops en route to their destinations.”

CARTA executive director Ron Mitchum pointed to the collaboration between the transit system and Verizon as the type of teamwork that will propel public transportation in the Lowcountry.

“This public-private partnership is a model for the type of collaboration it’s going to take to ensure the success of public transit in the Charleston area,” Mitchum said. “We know that success is critical in keeping our region moving forward.”

CARTA has been piloting the program over the past month and logging on is simple:

  • Locate the CARTA WiFi network, which is the bus number
  • Agree to Terms of Service
  • Start cruising on WiFi

Smaller neighborhood shuttles and DASH trolleys are not outfitted with wireless capabilities at this time, though CARTA officials are open to the possibility of expanding service in the future.

 

MIKE SEEKINGS ELECTED NEW CARTA BOARD CHAIRMAN

08/20/2015

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Daniel Brock, Rawle Murdy
dbrock@rawlemurdy.com
(919) 820-2612

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MIKE SEEKINGS ELECTED NEW CARTA BOARD CHAIRMAN

ANNA JOHNSON, GARY SANTOS ALSO ASSUME LEADERSHIP ROLES

 

NORTH CHARLESTON (Aug. 19, 2015) – The CARTA Board of Directors today voted unanimously to elect Mike Seekings as its new chairman. Seekings, a City of Charleston councilman, was formerly the CARTA secretary treasurer and has been a board member since 2010.

 The board also unanimously elected Charleston County council member Anna Johnson as vice chairman and Mount Pleasant Town Council Man Gary Santos as secretary treasurer.

 “I’m honored to assume this new role and look forward to advancing public transit in the region,” Seekings said. “The CARTA board and staff are working hard to positively position the system, update our fleet, and provide world-class transportation services in a world-class region.”

 Wednesday’s vote completed a leadership transition that began in the summer when Ron Mitchum was named the system’s executive director.

 Also on Wednesday, the board gave final approval to a number of route adjustments and a fare increase that had been the subject of a series of public meetings over the last month. Those changes will go into effect Oct. 4.

 “Our goal is to optimize our resources and use them in the most efficient way possible,” Mitchum said. “We will continue to monitor both operations and capital issues to ensure the public is being well served.”

 About CARTA

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is a public transportation system dedicated to providing affordable transit to the Charleston community through fixed routes, Tel-A-Ride/demand service and express routes. CARTA services greater Charleston. For the latest on CARTA, visit www.RideCARTA.com, like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @RideCARTA. All customers are encouraged to map rides and track buses with Google’s Transit program and the CARTA Bus Tracker.

Proposed Fare Changes Public Meetings - 08/03, 08/04 & 08/06-Click for more info

07/28/2015

PUBLIC MEETING DATES FOR PROPOSED FARE STRUCTURE CHANGES – August 2015

6:00PM            MON 08/03/15           Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant Town Hall
100 Ann Edwards Lane, Council Chambers
Mt. Pleasant, SC

 

6:00PM            TUE 08/04/15              North Charleston
North Charleston City Hall
2500 City Hall Lane, 3rd Floor Buist Room
North Charleston, SC 29406

 

6:00PM            THUR 08/06/15           Charleston (Downtown Peninsula)
Gaillard Auditorium
#2 George Street, Suite 1403
Charleston, SC 29403

Representatives from CARTA will present specifics of the proposal and will accept comments from interested citizens.  Any extended comments or comments from those who cannot attend the meeting in person may be submitted in writing to CARTA Planning Department, 36 John Street, Charleston, SC 29403.

CARTA STATEMENT ON SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION

06/03/2015

 

CARTA STATEMENT ON SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION

CARTA is getting smarter about customer service. A data-driven Comprehensive Operations Analysis currently underway in conjunction with the Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) has highlighted a number of opportunities for efficiencies and cost savings in operations, administration and capital expenditures.

The intent of these moves is to:

  1. Create a reliable system with consistent schedules and routing
  2. Improve efficiency and provide better travel times
  3. Design routes and connections to be more convenient

Taking these steps now will establish a platform for success from which the system can operate in the years to come.

In the short term, the changes being discussed are an important first step toward a balanced operations budget. Looking ahead, the CARTA board is committed to maintaining its current level of ridership – more than 5 million in 2014 – in a way that is economically viable and sustainable.

Public transportation has never been more important to the region. CARTA is taking tangible action to ensure fiscal responsibility while acting as a steward of taxpayer funds and providing a vital public service.

The ultimate goal is a smart, efficient and economically viable regional transportation system that will help propel the Lowcountry’s continued success. There is much work to be done in the coming months, and those details will be discussed widely in the weeks ahead.

 

CARTA BOARD APPROVES AGREEMENT TO SELL DORCHESTER ROAD PROPERTY

03/19/2015

      

MEDIA CONTACT:
Daniel Brock, Rawle Murdy
dbrock@rawlemurdy.com

(919) 820-2612

CARTA BOARD APPROVES AGREEMENT TO SELL
DORCHESTER ROAD PROPERTY

 

CHARLESTON (March 18, 2015) – The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) board today approved an agreement to sell its property at 4894 Dorchester Road for $6.5 million.

The 36.2-acre tract was recently appraised at $6.45 million. The buyer is Rushmark Properties, LLC.

“We’re very pleased to have this deal completed and for more than the appraised value,” said CARTA interim director Jeff Burns.

The Montague site was originally slated to host a regional intermodal hub, but permitting issues forced CARTA to look elsewhere. The authority has identified a roughly 8-acre parcel on Gaynor Avenue in North Charleston as its preferred location. The property includes the current Charleston Amtrak station.

“The intermodal facility will be a new gateway to the region,” Burns said. “For too long, visitors arriving by rail have been greeted with a sub-par welcome. It’s sadly indicative of the attitude toward public transportation here in the past, but we feel that has begun to change.”

The CARTA board also unanimously voted to ask that the City of North Charleston take a lead role in constructing and operating the intermodal facility.

 “The intermodal facility began as a City of North Charleston project, and the city has the capabilities to build and run this sort of operation,” said CARTA board chairman Elliott Summey. “We’re hopeful of reaching a mutually beneficial agreement.”

 The planned intermodal center would serve as hub for CARTA and Southeastern Stages buses, Amtrak trains and taxis. Plans also call for the site to be easily and safely accessible for foot traffic from nearby neighborhoods.

 

“It’s another way for our community to connect,” Burns said. “At its heart, the intermodal facility will be about people.”

 Permitting studies are currently underway at the Gaynor Avenue site.

 About CARTA

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is a public transportation system dedicated to providing affordable transit to the Charleston community through four services – fixed routes, Tel-A-Ride, flex/demand service and express routes. CARTA services Charleston and the surrounding areas including West Ashley, North Charleston and Mount Pleasant. For the latest on CARTA, visit www.RideCARTA.com, follow us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @RideCARTA.  CARTA – It connects us all.

CARTA SETS SYSTEM MONTHLY RIDERSHIP RECORD

11/26/2014

CARTA SETS SYSTEM MONTHLY RIDERSHIP RECORD

Ridership surges past 490,000, makes October busiest month ever.

 CHARLESTON (Nov. 26, 2014) – The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) set a system ridership record of 491,722  in October. The total represents an increase of nearly 11 percent – or more than 47,000 trips – year-over-year.

 “The role that public transportation plays in our community in undeniably expanding,” said Jeff Burns, the interim CARTA executive director. “New residents and visitors expect strong public transit, and longtime residents who may not have considered a non-car option in the past recognize that change in the region is calling for new solutions.”

CARTA officials hope to see continued growth this holiday season on the back of services such as its North Area Shuttle (NASH) Express. The $3, limited-stop route connects the airport to downtown Charleston and vice versa. A cab ride from the airport to downtown Charleston, in contrast, starts at about $30.

All riders are encouraged to map rides and track buses with Google’s Transit program and the CARTA Bus Tracker.

Holiday service reminder

11/21/2014

As a reminder: All buses operate on a Sunday schedule for Thanksgiving day.  Administrative offices will be closed on 11/27/14 & 11/28/14.

Route 40 Construction related detour 10/9/14-10/15014

10/07/2014

Effective until October 15, 2014 - Due to construction near Towne Center, Route 40 will not be able to pick up or drop passengers at the Towne Center stop.  The route will pick up and drop passengers at the Hungry Neck and Market Center Drive stop.  

Route Changes Effective 08/17/14-Click for more info

08/11/2014

CARTA CUSTOMERS

Beginning August 17, 2014

CARTA will make changes to several routes to increase efficiency.  Changes will be made to the following routes: 

 

Route 12Schedule changes in off peak times will be implemented to increase overall efficiency.

 Route 13 - Route will no longer travel to the east Montague corridor servicing North Charleston City Hall & Verizon Call Center.

 Rt. 210 - **Route service will be increased weekdays starting at 8am, and will also run later ending around 10pm. 

(**SEASONAL SCHEDULE- Increased service only applies during specific dates between September & April--See online schedule for exact dates)

Route will now service the new College of Charleston campus site, the Harbor Walk.

 Route 211 - Route will now run about every 15 minutes starting at 9am weekdays.

 Route 213 - To increase efficiency, route will run every 40 minutes.

 

 

NASH Express Route 4- Slight adjustments made to the order of the destination points (see full schedule for details). 

The route will run every hour on the hour.

 

NASH Route 105To increase efficiency, route will run every hour.

 

To view more information including the full schedules please click CARTA 08/17/14 Route Changes

CARTA & RiverDogs Take Aim at Kazoo World Record

08/08/2014

          
  

MEDIA CONTACT:
Daniel Brock, Rawle Murdy
dbrock@rawlemurdy.com

(919) 820-2612

CARTA, RiverDogs Take Aim at Kazoo World Record  

Lowcountry fans encouraged to blow out old mark.

 

CHARLESTON (Aug. 8, 2014) – Buzz is growing about a partnership between the Charleston Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and the Charleston RiverDogs that could see a world record set this month in the Lowcountry.

 

And you could be part of it.

 

On Aug. 16, CARTA and the RiverDogs will attempt to break the world record for largest kazoo ensemble, which currently hums in to the tune of 5,190.

During the RiverDogs game with the Rome Braves, attendees will receive an official wristband and USA-made kazoo from Beaufort-based Kazoobie Kazoos. After the final out, a group of mystery conductors will lead the crowd in a kazoo-drenched rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

 

“We wanted to do something that was out-of-the-box, that put Charleston in the spotlight, and was worthy of a RiverDogs promotion,” said CARTA Marketing Director Michelle Emerson. “This kazoo promotion is no live prostate exam, but it will do.”

 

CARTA and the RiverDogs have partnered on a number of events in recent weeks. Several CARTA buses are sporting team-themed wraps, the authority has been awarding RiverDogs tickets as part of a weekly online trivia contest and in coming days CARTA riders may even share a ride with Charlie T. RiverDog.

 

The attempted record setting is part of CARTA night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. CARTA staff, as well as employees from the authority’s fleet-management partner Veolia Transportation, will be featured during the evening.

 

“CARTA is a great public service that is becoming even more important as the Lowcountry continues to grow,” said RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols. “They’re a great partner, and we hope that we’ll be able to put Charleston in the record books.”

 

RiverDogs fans and CARTA are encouraged to get involved with the promotion via social media in the coming days using the hashtags #CARTAKazoo and/or #DogsKazoo.

 

The current kazoo ensemble record was set in 2011 at England’s Royal Albert Hall, a fact not lost on Echols.

 

“Kazoos are as American as baseball,” Echols said.

 

For more information or to order tickets to any RiverDogs game, visit the Riley Park Box Office, call (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or head on-line to www.riverdogs.com. If fans cannot make it to the park, they are encouraged to tune in to all the action on www.riverdogs.com and locally on 1250 WTMA, the new radio home for RiverDogs baseball.

 

About CARTA
The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is a public transportation system dedicated to providing affordable transit to the Charleston community through four services – fixed routes, Tel-A-Ride, flex/demand service and express routes. CARTA services Charleston and the surrounding areas including West Ashley, North Charleston and Mount Pleasant. For the latest on CARTA, visit www.RideCARTA.com, follow us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @RideCARTA.  CARTA – It connects us all.

CARTA Free Pass Tuesdays start July 8, 2014-Click for info

07/03/2014

CARTA will kickoff summer Free Pass Tuesdays, a weekly bus pass giveaway at randomly selected CARTA bus stops around Charleston.  Riders encouraged to tune in to CARTA's Facebook page and Twitter page @ridecarta for clues about when and where the passes will be given away.

CARTA Official Kickoff of New NASH Routes 03/26/14

03/25/2014

CARTA will host a public kickoff event and check presentation on Wednesday, March 26, to mark its partnership with Tanger Outlets and the formation of two new North Area Shuttle (NASH) routes.

Tanger joins existing NASH partners Boeing and the City of North Charleston. The event will announce details of the new routes, one of which is a free circulator that connects the outlets and the Old Village area of North Charleston, while the other is a $3 Express service that runs from Charleston International Airport to downtown Charleston.

Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Time: 11 a.m.

Location:       North Charleston Visitor Center – In adjacent Tanger parking lot

4975 Centre Pointe Drive

North Charleston, SC 29418

 

Special Guests Include: Tanger Outlets General Manager Penny Benton, CARTA Chairman Elliott Summey, CARTA Board Members, and CARTA Executive Director Christine Wilkinson

Contact: Daniel Brock, Rawle Murdy, 843.577.7327/(919) 820-2612

Radio stations Z93 Jamz and 95sx will be broadcasting live to help kickoff the new services.  Come out, get some info on the new routes and some great giveaways.

Changes in where to buy CARTA passes-effec 10/1/13

10/01/2013

Participating Piggly Wiggly Stores  **Changes as of 10/1/13**

Due to changes in ownership at several area Piggly Wiggly’s, at present time, CARTA passes will no longer be sold at those store.  Please view the list below for specific stores that the passes will not be available at, and which stores will continue to sell CARTA passes.  All stores crossed out will no longer sell the passes at present date until a new agreement can be developed.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Please know that we are diligently working on either developing an agreement with the new owners of these locations so the passes will still be available in those stores; or to find new locations or ways the passes can be made available for sale conveniently in communities and neighborhoods.

Also note, if you are purchasing your pass with a credit or debit card, you can order it online and it will be mailed to you (there is a $.50 postal fee).

List of Piggly Wiggly stores that recently sold CARTA bus passes.

Sea Island Shopping Center (Mt. Pleasant)  5101 Ashley Phosphate (North Charleston)  14 Sumar Street (West Ashley)  1005 Harbor View (James Island) 1739 Maybank Hwy (James Island) 1985 Folly Road (James Island)

Passes will still be available at:

  • The Charleston Visitor Center
  • CARTA Administrative Offices
  • SC Works
  • Price Wise 1270 Yeamen’s Hall Road (North Charleston/Hanahan)
  • Piggly Wiggly 8780 Rivers Ave; near Ortranto Rd. (North Charleston)
  • 630 Skylark Road (West Ashley) Available until mid-end of October 2013

Please view our "Where to buy passes" page for additional info.

 Please check back periodically for any updates regarding where passes are sold.

 

Express Route 3 Updates-Bus Stop and Park and RIde Lot Info

09/05/2012

Please be advised that for the Express Summerville Route 3, the bus stop located in the Bosch parking area has been relocated to Dorchester Rd. in front of Bosch.  Also please be advised that Bosch is not a CARTA Park and Ride Lot. 

Congratulations to CARTA/Veolia Driver Dock Fogle - 2012 SCDOT Driver of the Year!

03/29/2012

Photo: CARTA/Veolia Driver Dock Fogle - 2012 SCDOT Driver of the Year recognized at CARTA Board Meeting

On Tuesday, March 20, 2012, Transportation Association of South Carolina (TASC) awarded Dock Fogle, a fixed bus operator with Veolia Transportation, as SCDOT Driver of the Year.  Dock Fogle began his driving career in 1973 and has been dedicated to providing world class safety and exemplary customer service. His dedication to safety has been exemplified by his driving record, without one single accident in 37 years.  Fogle was initiated into the Three Million Mile Club in May 2011for this achievement. During his career, Fogle has also been recognized as a three-time winner at the Local Bus Roadeo and two-time winner at the State Bus Roadeo.

Congratulations to CARTA/Veolia Staff-SC State Bus Maintenance Roadeo Winners!

03/29/2012

Photo includes: CARTA/Veolia Maintenance Director David Bonner, Jason Benton, David Mungin and Shannon Byrum.

CARTA/Veolia Drivers, Staff bring home awards for excellence!

Wednesday, March 28th- CARTA/Veolia Transportation team was recognized at CARTA’s Board Meeting for winning the title 2012 SC State Bus Maintenance Roadeo Winners.  They will now compete in the National competition.  The winning team included Shannon Byrum, Jason Benton and David Mungin.  The team was coached by Veolia Transportation/CARTA Maintenance Director David Bonner.

 

CARTA/Veolia Drivers and Staff Bring Home Awards for Excellence

03/29/2012
 
Photo: CARTA Executive Director Chris Wilkinson and CARTA/Veolia 2012 SC State Bus Maintenance Roadeo Winners: Shannon Byrum, Jason Benton and David Mungin
 
Photo: CARTA Executive Director Chris Wilkinson and 2012 SCDOT Driver of the Year, CARTA/Veolia Driver Dock Fogle
 
SCDOT Roadeo

Ctsy of SCNow: Public bus drivers from all over South Carolina competed in driving challenges to show off safety skills

http://www2.scnow.com/news/2012/mar/17/public-transit-drivers-compete-myrtle-beach-ar-3430900/

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 29, 2012

CARTA Drivers and Staff Bring Home Awards for Excellence

CARTA and Veolia Employees are Recognized for SCDOT Driver of the Year and

State Bus Roadeo Winners

 

WEDNESDAY, March 28 – Today, The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) recognized several representatives for their accomplishments in transportation during the monthly board meeting.  Dock Fogle, a fixed bus operator with 37 years experience, was awarded the SCDOT Driver of the Year. The CARTA/ Veolia Transportation team was also recognized for their participation in the South Carolina State Bus Roadeo, where they won the title of 2012 SC State Bus Maintenance Roadeo Winners.

 

“These hard working individuals are a great example of the dedicated and driven staff at CARTA and Veolia.  These individual accomplishments are the reason we are able to deliver the great service for the area,” said CARTA Executive Director Christine Wilkinson. “It is important that we recognize them for not only these great awards, but recognize the great work they do every day serving the community.”

 

“We are very proud of these CARTA and Veolia employees that go above and beyond the call of duty,” said CARTA Executive Director Christine Wilkinson. “Congratulations to these enthusiastic employees.  We are extremely proud of their accomplishments and want to recognize them for their continued dedication and service.”

On Saturday, March 17, 2012, the South Carolina State Bus Roadeo took place in Myrtle Beach.  Veolia Transportation/ CARTA was represented by Shannon Byrum, Jason Benton, and David Mungin.  This team was coached by Veolia Transportation/ CARTA Maintenance Director David Bonner.  The competition involved participants showing their skills amongst other transit agencies throughout the state in three different categories including pre-tripping a defected bus, resolving issues with a defective engine in a set time, and a final written test quizzing participant knowledge in a set time. The team will now prepare for the National Bus Roadeo, a similar event that brings in transit agencies across the nation to compete.

 

On Tuesday, March 20, 2012, Transportation Association of South Carolina (TASC) awarded Dock Fogle, a fixed bus operator with Veolia Transportation, as SCDOT Driver of the Year.  Dock Fogle began his driving career in 1973 and has been dedicated to providing world class safety and exemplary customer service. His dedication to safety has been exemplified by his driving record, without one single accident in 37 years.  Fogle was initiated into the Three Million Mile Club in May 2011for this achievement. During his career, Fogle has also been recognized as a three-time winner at the Local Bus Roadeo and two-time winner at the State Bus Roadeo.

 

 

CARTA Counts Car - Play & Win!

03/12/2012

CARTA Counts is a public awareness campaign designed to educate the Charleston area community on the benefits of public transportation.  CARTA Counts illustrates the important and positive impact that mass transit has on the area’s residents, businesses, and economy. 

How CARTA Counts:

  • More than 14,000 passengers ride CARTA every day
  • CARTA reduces emissions by more than 37 million metric tons each year
  • In the tri-county region, 22,694 student passengers ride CARTA every month
  • 22,600 disabled passengers depend on CARTA transportation each month

The CARTA Counts Car – Play to Win!

Over the next several weeks, keep your eyes peeled throughout Charleston for the CARTA Counts car.  The car will be appearing at select popular destinations throughout the area. 

The Challenge:  Guess how many cars CARTA takes off the road each day. 

The car will be filled with small cars, representing the cars taken off the road by CARTA each day.  To win, visit RideCARTA on Facebook and post your guess, along with the location where you saw the car.  Winners will be selected for guessing the closest without going over.  Each location will have a winner and will receive a goody bag including CARTA swag, gift cards and CARTA passes. 

How can you get involved?   Ride CARTA, help spread the word about how CARTA Counts and support public transportation in your area! For more information about how to support CARTA, call us at 843-724-7429.

Press Release: CARTA Shows the Community How CARTA Counts

03/12/2012

The public transportation system launches CARTA Counts to demonstrate the positive impact, kicking off the campaign with the CARTA Counts Car

MONDAY, March 12 – Today, The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) officially kicked off the CARTA Counts campaign.  CARTA Counts is a public awareness campaign created to educate the Charleston area on the importance and impact public transportation has on the community. 

“Public transportation plays a big role in the economic growth of our area,” said CARTA Board Chairman Elliott Summey. “It is important that the community understand this and support CARTA in order for transportation to grow and expand, and ultimately better serve the community.”

Getting the community involved, the CARTA Counts car will be traveling around Charleston County to demonstrate the impact public transportation has on the area.  The car is filled with small toy cars - the exact number of actual cars that CARTA takes off the road each day.  Area residents, who pass by the car, can venture a guess at the amount of cars inside on CARTA’s Facebook wall for a chance to win CARTA swag, gifts cards and CARTA passes. The car will travel to several destinations throughout the area that CARTA currently services.  Guesses should include the location where the car was spotted, since each location will have a separate winner.

“CARTA Counts will enable us to demonstrate all of the positive impacts of CARTA,” said CARTA Executive Director Christine Wilkinson. “And while the CARTA Counts car is a fun way to see this sheer volume of cars taken off the road, there are so many other ways CARTA benefits the community.  This campaign will help us educate them on these impressive statistics and see how CARTA Counts.”

Over the next few months, CARTA will also enable residents to try public transportation – for FREE!  CARTA Counts Free Ride Cards will be available at CARTA, the Charleston Visitor’s Center and Charleston area Piggly Wiggly stores.  Pick up a card and bring it by CARTA or the Visitor’s Center for a free three-day pass, and see how CARTA Counts.

How CARTA Counts:

  • More than 14,000 passengers ride CARTA every day
  • CARTA reduces emissions by more than 37 million metric tons each year
  • In the tri-county region, 22,694 student passengers ride CARTA every month
  • 22,600 disabled passengers depend on CARTA transportation each month

To learn more about CARTA Counts, visit RideCARTA.com/CARTACounts.  Learn more about CARTA bus passes and routes at RideCARTA.com.

About CARTA

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is a public transportation system dedicated to providing affordable transit to the Charleston community through four services – fixed routes, Tel-A-Ride, flex/demand service and express routes. CARTA services Charleston and the surrounding areas including West Ashley, North Charleston and Mount Pleasant. For the latest on CARTA, visit www.RideCARTA.com, follow us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @RideCARTA.  CARTA – It connects us all.

CARTA Board & Finance Meetings Re-Scheduled for February & March

09/30/2011

Please be advised that the regularly scheduled meetings for the CARTA Finance Committee and the CARTA Board have been re-scheduled for February 2012 and March 2012 due to schedule conflicts to the following: CARTA Finance Committee Meeting will be held at 1:30pm on Wednesday, 02/22/12 at The Lonnie Hamilton Building III Service Building in Room B-225, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, SC 29405. The CARTA Board Meeting will be held at 2:00pm at the same location. The public is invited.