Route Service, Fare Changes and Tel A Ride Zone Changes-Effective October 4, 2015

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CARTA stands for: Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority. CARTA offers Fixed-route, Flex Service, Express commute service, and Paratransit service throughout the Charleston Metropolitan area, including The Trolley (DASH) service in the Historic Peninsula area of the Charleston.

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The following changes will go into affect on Sunday October 4, 2015.  Please review all the information below.  Service changes will affect several routes and a new observed holiday schedule will affect ALL routes.  Fare changes will affect ALL passengers.

 ROUTE/SERVICE CHANGES – Effective date: October 4, 2015

  • Route 20 – Sunday route modifications.  Route proposed to run every 60 minutes.
  • Route 105 – To increase efficiency, this route will be eliminated.
  • Route 201 – Route modification – To increase efficiency, portions of this route will be combined with Route 213 ( a free DASH route). The new combined route will now be Route 213.
  • Route 213 – Route modifications – To increase efficiency, portions of route 201 will be combined with current route 213 schedules.  The new combined route will be Route 213.

 

Holiday Schedule changes

CARTA is operated 365 days a year.  Currently there are 5 recognized holidays where CARTA runs a Sunday schedule as a holiday schedule and does not operate DASH.  Any route that does not operate on Sunday’s will not operate on holidays that use a Sunday schedule, including Express services (except NASH Express 4 that has a Sunday schedule).

EXPRESS RIDERS: Please take note, Express service will be impacted by the new Holiday Service Schedule and will not run on new designated service holidays.

The following details the approved modifications to the holiday schedule:

*Notates the new recognized holidays

 

Holiday Service Schedule – Effective October 4, 2015
  • New Year’s Day – Sunday schedule
No DASH Service No Express Service (except NASH Express 4)
  • *MLK Day – Sunday schedule
DASH service Sunday schedule No Express service
  • *Memorial Day – Sunday schedule
DASH service Sunday schedule No Express service  (except NASH Express 4)
  • Independence Day – Sunday schedule
DASH service Sunday schedule No Express service  (except NASH Express 4)
  • *Labor Day – Sunday schedule
DASH service Sunday schedule *DASH 210 will run FULL regular schedule
  • Thanksgiving Day – Sunday schedule
No DASH service No Express service (except NASH Express 4)
  • *Day after Thanksgiving – Regular schedule for all routes except Express services.
No Express service (except NASH Express 4 which will run a regular schedule)
  • *Christmas Eve- Sunday schedule
DASH service Sunday schedule No Express service  (except NASH Express 4)
  • Christmas Day-Sunday schedule
No DASH service No Express service (except NASH Express 4)
  • *Day after Christmas – Sunday schedule
DASH service Sunday schedule No Express service  (except NASH Express 4)

 

FARE STRUCTURE CHANGES-Effective October 4, 2015

  • The approved fare increase would be .25 on all fares/ equivalent to about a 14% increase on all pass and ticket sales.
  •  The primary focus for the funds from the fare increase will be directed toward Capital Improvements (buses, equipment, rider amenities, etc.)
Fare/Pass Type Current Cost NEW Cost as of October 4, 2015
Regular Adult Base Fare $1.75 (at all times unless eligible for discount) $2.00 (at all times unless eligible for discount)
Express Fare $3.00/ $.75 up-charge with pass $3.50/ $1.00 up-charge with pass
Transfer $0.30 $0.50
Low Income Discount Fare $1.00 $1.25
Senior Citizen Off-Peak Fare $0.85 $1.00
Disabled Fare $0.50 $0.75
One Day Pass $6.00 $7.00
Three Day Pass $12.00 $14.00
Thirty One Day Pass $50.00 $57.00
10 Ride Pass $14.00 $16.00
40 Ride Pass $49.00 $56.00
31 Day Express Pass $88.00 $99.00
Student Pass $70.00 (unless part of a special program) $80.00 (unless part of a special program)
Tel-A-Ride Fare $3.50 $4.00/ $5.00 out-of-zone up-charge**see description below


TEL A RIDE ZONE STRUCTURE IMPLEMENTATION 10/04/2015

On October 4, 2015, CARTA will implement “Zone” pricing for Tel A Ride services.

  • Zones are based off simulated trips on regular fixed route service using the clients’ origination and destination points.
  • Zones are referenced for pricing ONLY.  Although zones pricing will be determined by route simulation, passengers will remain on one vehicle; they will not be transferring to another vehicle.

HOW IT WILL WORK

The Tel-A-Ride fare will now include the cost of transfer for trips that travel outside of the service area of your origin (Zone).  This would be similar to the purchasing a transfer on a fixed-route CARTA bus.

If the passenger would be able to complete their full trip using one regular fixed route from their origination to destination, it is a Zone Trip on Tel A Ride.

If the passenger would need to take 2 or more fixed routes from their origination to destination to complete their trip, it is an Out of Zone Trip on Tel A Ride.

 

Question: Would it normally take 1 bus or would it take 2 or more regular route/fixed route buses to complete the trip?

Example 1-Out of Zone Trip: Passenger trip originates off Ashley Phosphate and they want to travel to the Visitor Center located on Meeting and Ann St.  On a regular route, the passenger would need to take 2 regular route buses to complete their trip(i.e. Rt. 12 & Rt. 10), therefore on Tel A Ride this trip would be considered Out of Zone.
Example 2-Zone Trip: Passenger trip originates near Cosgrove and Rivers Ave. and they want to travel to the Visitor Center located and Meeting and Ann St.  On a regular route, the passenger would only travel on one bus to complete the trip(i.e. Rt. 10 or Rt.11), therefore on Tel A Ride, this is considered a Zone trip.

Passengers will be informed when they are making their trip reservations how their trip will be classified (In Zone or Out of Zone).

 

HOW TO PAY:

Zone Trips $4 – Passenger would need to present a green Tel A Ride Ticket.

(Can pay cash or any equivalent to $4)

Out of Zone Trips $5– Passenger would need to present a Green Tel A Ride Ticket and Red Tel  A Ride Zone+ ticket ($1 value).  The passenger could also pay the additional $1 in cash if they do not have a Zone+ ticket.

(Can pay cash or any equivalent to $5)

GREEN TEL A RIDE TICKET (ZONE TICKET)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RED TEL A RIDE ZONE+ (Zone Plus) Ticket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click below to view the new schedules that will go into effect on 10/04/15

Express Route 2 

Route 10 - Rivers Ave.

Route 20- King St./Citadel

Route 21-Rutledge/Grove

DASH - Route 213 - Lockwood (Combined Rt. 201 and Rt. 213)