Welcome to Charleston’s Public Transit Site
We’re glad you’re interested in learning more about CARTA. Below and within this section you will find information about the history of CARTA, doing business with us, where we are today and what our plans are for the future. Thanks to the support of the community, CARTA continues to grow stronger and offer more comprehensive bus service.
CARTA operates Charleston’s public transportation system covering the metro area of Charleston, South Carolina. CARTA is the state’s largest public transportation provider and ranks as one of the top systems in the Southeast, with a ridership of well over 4 million annually.
CARTA is funded in part by FTA and SCDOT. CARTA also receives local funding from farebox revenue and from the Charleston County 1/2 cent sales tax. CARTA is subject to the regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), and federal, state and local laws.
Meet the CARTA Leaders