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.