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.