Express Commuter Service

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.


CARTA Express makes your commute to school or work easy!

Just follow these 6 easy steps:

Step 1: Plan before you go.

To learn about the Express routes, call (843) 724-7420, or click here for Park and Ride lots, or here for Express maps, routes and schedules and bus stop locations.

Step 2: Find the nearest Park and Ride Lot.

Click here for a listing of all Park and Ride Lots.  Look for the signs indicating Express parking areas.

Step 3: Arrive at bus stop.

Please try to arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before scheduled pick-up times.

Step 4: Pay your fare.

Please be prepared to board CARTA Express quickly and find your seat. The cost to ride Express is only $3.50 per ride.  Please have exact change–bus drivers are unable to make change.  Express gold passes are available to purchase online and at participating vendor locations.  Employees and students at participating partners, please be prepared to show your ID as you board the bus.

  • If all seats are occupied, you may stand behind the yellow line that is located in the front near the driver as long as there is standing room where you can grasp a handle, pole or overhead poles.

Step 5: Exiting the bus.

Each Express route features just a handful of convenient route stops – please be prepared to exit the bus as your stop approaches.  Signal the driver that you need to exit at the approaching stop by pressing the yellow signal strip located on the side panels near the window.  Check to make sure you have all your items and stay seated until the bus comes to a stop.

Step 6: Arrive at your destination.

CARTA Express makes your commute less work, less stress and you arrive ready to go!


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