Welcome to
CARTA Transit System

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.

This site provides information about how the system can take you almost anywhere your life takes you in the Charleston Metro area including work, shopping, hospitals, schools, and much more.



Please click 2017 Commuter Bus Survey to provide your feedback regarding the new Express bus style that was introduced in 2015/2016.

CARTA Express takes the hassle out of the commute to work.


CARTA Express is a premium service designed to transport commuters into and out of the downtown area easier and faster.  Simply leave your vehicle at one of the Park and Ride locations, hop on the bus, sit back and relax while CARTA does the driving.

How does the service work?

Express buses run from Park and Ride locations throughout the Charleston area during peak morning and evening travel times, with as few as one or two stops between each location and a convenient Charleston destination.

How often does the service run?

Park and ride lot locations are served by CARTA Express buses about every half hour in the morning and afternoon peak periods.

Where are the Park and Ride located?

Currently there are Park and Ride locations in North Charleston, West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant, James Island and Summerville.





Riding Express is easy!