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.