#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.