Irma Alerts

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IRMA UPDATE IX, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 9:30 a.m.
CARTA has returned to full service. Some delays and detours can be expected as water continues to recede.

Rider questions can be directed to the CARTA Customer Service Line at (843) 724-7420.


IRMA UPDATE VIII, Monday, Sept. 11, 8 p.m.

CARTA intends to run full service on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Delays and detours are possible as flood waters continue to recede and debris is removed from roadways.

Questions can be directed to the CARTA Customer Service Line at (843) 724-7420.

Further assistance can be had by calling the Charleston County Emergency Public Information Line at (843) 746-3900.


IRMA UPDATE VII, Monday, Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m.
Due to deteriorating weather conditions, CARTA, in coordination with the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center, is suspending all operations, both regular service and the downtown “evacuation circulator,” as of 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11.

The system hopes to provide limited service later in the day/evening. Riders who need help coordinating trips on Monday are asked to call the CARTA Customer Service Line at (843) 724-7420.

Further assistance can be had by calling the Charleston County Emergency Public Information Line at (843) 746-3900.


IRMA UPDATE VI, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
CARTA will not run any Express service or the MUSC Medical Shuttle on Monday, Sept. 11. Regular fixed-route service, however, will commence at 8 a.m.

In support of Charleston County emergency operations, CARTA will also operate a downtown Charleston “evacuation circulator,” servicing eight hurricane emergency pick-up stops on the peninsula starting at 8 a.m. on Monday and continuing for as long as conditions allow.

Service on the circulator will run about every 30 minutes. The shelter destination is the Coastal pre-release facility at 3765 Leeds Ave. in North Charleston.  CARTA will return riders when given the OK to do so post-Irma.

All buses will run for as long as conditions permit. Charleston County Emergency Operation Center staff will make that call.

CARTA is also prepared to transport paratransit customers, as well as those with pets, as conditions allow.

Durham School Services is conducting off-peninsula service at emergency pick-up stops.

Contact the Charleston County Emergency Public Information Line at (843) 746-3900 for any assistance.


IRMA UPDATE V, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, 1 p.m.
In support of Charleston County emergency operations, CARTA will operate a downtown Charleston “evacuation circulator,” servicing eight hurricane emergency pick-up stops on the peninsula between 1 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10.

Service on the circulator will run about every 30 minutes. The shelter destination is the Coastal pre-release facility at 3765 Leeds Ave. in North Charleston. CARTA will return riders when given the OK to do so post-Irma. Circulator buses are free and will have signs denoting their status posted in their windows.

CARTA will also continue run regular service on service as long as conditions allow on Sunday. A decision on Monday service levels will be made Sunday evening.

CARTA is also prepared to transport paratransit customers, as well as those with pets.

Durham School Services is conducting off-peninsula service at emergency pick-up stops.

Contact the Charleston County Emergency Public Information Line at (843) 746-3900 for any assistance.


IRMA UPDATE IV, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
CARTA will monitor Irma’s impacts throughout the day Sunday and will provide an update on Monday service levels, most likely shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday evening.


IRMA UPDATE III, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Following Gov. McMaster’s evening briefing, CARTA remains on course to run full service Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10. The forecast for Monday, Sept. 11 is being monitored. Regular Tel-A-Ride service remains cancelled Sunday. TriCounty Link service is cancelled through Sept. 11. CARTA officials will continue to monitor the situation in coordination with local leaders and emergency efforts. Further updates will be shared as appropriate.


IRMA UPDATE II, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
CARTA plans to run full service today, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-10. Regular Tel-A-Ride service is cancelled Sunday, in anticipation of  potential evacuation movements.

TriCounty Link service is cancelled through Sept. 11.

CARTA officials will continue to monitor the situation in coordination with local leaders and emergency efforts. Further updates are expected after 5 p.m. today.


IRMA UPDATE I, Thursday Sept. 7, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
CARTA will run full service on Friday, Sept. 8. Riders are strongly encouraged to conduct all business – such as trips to the grocery store or doctor – as soon as possible on Friday.

Complete service stoppage is highly likely on Saturday, Sept. 9, in accordance with an expected mandatory evacuation notice. More details on those impacts will be released as available.

Again, riders are strongly encouraged to conduct all business as early as possible on Friday, with the expectation of service stoppage on Saturday. Tel-A-Ride services may run slightly longer as we attempt to facilitate requests involving individuals needing to be transported in handicapped-accessible vehicles.

Residents who choose to ignore a mandatory evacuation notice will be without access to regular public services, including public transit. A return to service will largely depend on accessibility. CARTA will have  staff at the County Emergency Operations Center and we will initiate service on routes as we are directed to do so. We will have equipment positioned at up to four secure locations and we will have drivers who will remain in the region.

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