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Jan. 6 Route Changes (Route 31 and Route 4)

On Sunday, Jan. 6, CARTA will make modifications to Route 31 Folly Road and Express Rt. 4Airport Express to increase efficiency.

In addition to the schedule modifications, boarding activities at Transit Mall downtown will be modified.  Starting on 1/6/19 Transit Mall will become a “deboarding only” stop meaning passengers should only deboard the bus at Transit Mall.

Passengers who attempt to board at Transit Mall will be required to pay two fares in order to continue their trip past Meeting and Mary, which is the official beginning and end of the line.

A summary of changes the routes schedules can be found at ridecarta.com/2019RouteChanges.

Holiday Service Reminder

As a reminder, CARTA will operate on the following holiday schedule:

  • Monday, 12/24/18 – (Sunday schedule)
  • Tuesday, 12/25/18 – Sunday schedule and no DASH service
  • Wednesday, 12/26/18 – Regular weekday schedule No Express service
  • Tuesday, 1/1/19 – Sunday schedule and no DASH service

To view a full list of all CARTA observed holidays, please click:  CARTA Holiday Service

CARTA, Affordabike Partner to Give Away 15 Refurbished Lost-and-Found Bikes


Many public transit trips begin with a walk or bike ride, and this holiday season the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) wants to help riders overcome what’s been dubbed the first-mile/last-mile problem – and also spread some Christmas cheer.

CARTA has again partnered with Affordabike to refurbish 15 lost-and-found bicycles and give them away to riders in order to help them navigate walks of more than a quarter mile to their stop or final destination. A quarter-mile is roughly the maximum distance most people find “comfortable” to walk to a stop.

Riders who could use two new wheels – or individuals who know someone who fits the bill – can submit requests/nominations through Dec. 17 by:

All CARTA buses, except free DASH shuttles, are equipped with bike racks as part of the system’s no-cost and easy-to-use Rack and Ride program.

Recipients of the Christmas bike giveaway will be selected by CARTA staff. Bikes will be available for collection from the CARTA facility at 3664 Leeds Ave. in North Charleston Dec. 17-19.

CARTA to Provide Free Service to Warming Shelter Dec. 5

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) will provide free transportation this evening, Wednesday, Dec. 5, to the Charleston County warming shelter located at the 3765 Leeds Ave. in North Charleston.

Those seeking shelter in downtown Charleston should wait at a Route 10 Rivers Avenue or Route 11 Dorchester Road/Airport bus stop and inform the driver that they wish to travel to the shelter. Passengers will be transported to the North Charleston SuperStop at Rivers and Cosgrove avenues, where they will transfer to Route 103 Leeds Avenue, which serves the warming shelter located in the Coastal Pre-Release Center.

In North Charleston, riders seeking shelter should let drivers know their desired destination when boarding in order to be transported to the shelter.

Seniors Can Ride CARTA, TriCounty Link for Free on Dec. 9


Individuals over the age of 55 will be able to access Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and TriCounty Link services for free on Sunday, Dec. 9. The perk is part of both systems’ quarterly Senior Series, which encourages seniors to ride transit free of charge.

“Seniors are a vital and growing part of our community, and it’s important that we help keep them mobile, active and independent,” said CARTA board of directors chairman Mike Seekings.

“The Senior Series is a great opportunity for seniors to ride the bus at no charge, whether they’re an every-day customer or it’s their first time,” said TriCounty Link board of directors chairwoman Anna Johnson.

Participating riders are asked to bring ID when boarding. Travel training tips are available by emailing cruze@ridecarta.com. Information on CARTA routes and schedules is available at www.ridecarta.com or by calling (843) 724-7420. Information on TriCounty Link routes and schedules is available at www.ridetricountylink.com or by calling (843) 899-4096.

December Service Impacts

The following service impacts will occur due to special events and inclement weather throughout the Lowcountry region during the month of December:

  • Dec. 1, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019, James Island County Park Festival of Lights: Daily at 5:30 p.m. (Rt. 31)
  • Dec. 8, 2018, North Charleston Christmas Fest & Parade at Park Circle: Parade participants line up at Lackawanna Blvd. and Mixson Ave. to E. Montague Ave., 2 p.m. Parade route from E Montague Ave. to Park Circle and back to line-up area, re-opens at 7 p.m. Park Circle traffic closed 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Rt. 13, 104)
  • Dec. 8, 2018, Reindeer Run 5k Run/Walk: East Bay St. to Broad St. and onto the Battery, 9 a.m. (Rt. 7, 20, 211)
  • Dec. 9, 2018, 2nd Sunday on King St.: Downtown Charleston (Rt. 211)
  • Dec. 9, 2018, Mt. Pleasant Christmas Light Parade: Coleman Blvd., 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Rt. 40)
  • Dec. 16, 2018, City of Charleston Holiday Parade: Broad St. to King St., finishing on Calhoun St. at Anson St., 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Rt. 7, 20, 33, 210, 211, 213)
  • Dec. 23-24, 2018, Highest Tides: Flooding in the usual areas, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. (Rt. 11, 213)
  • Jan. 12, 2019, Charleston Marathon: Race begins at Joe Riley Stadium – finishes on Jenkins Ave. in front of North Charleston High School, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Rt. 10, 11, 13, 20, 30, 31, 33, 102, 104, 210, 211, 213)
  • Jan. 12, 2019, Charleston Shrimp & Grits 5K: East Montague Ave., Turnbull Ave., Virginia Ave., and various Park Circle roads, 8 a.m. (Rt. 13, 104)
  • Jan. 12, 2019, Charleston Youth Marathon: Noisette Blvd. and Turnbull Ave., 1:30 p.m. (Rt. 104)

Veterans and Active-Duty Military Ride CARTA, Tricounty Link for Free on Veterans Day

All U.S. armed services veterans and current military personnel can ride Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and TriCounty Link services for free on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11.

“Veterans and military personnel make great sacrifices for our country. Allowing them to ride for free on Veterans Day is one small way CARTA and TriCounty Link can say thank you,” said CARTA board chairman Mike Seekings.

A military ID, service photo, a memento – such as a veterans cap or other similar items – will be enough to get veterans and current military on board at no cost.

CARTA to Offer Free Service on Election Day, Nov. 6

Lowcountry residents can roll to the polls at no cost

Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) service will be free on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, the transit agency announced today.

“We want all eligible voters in the Lowcountry to have access to one of our country’s fundamental rights, without having to overcome mobility or economic barriers,” said CARTA board of directors chairman Mike Seekings.

For more information on routes and schedules, visit RideCARTA.com, now featuring a live chat option, or call (843) 724-7420.

BCDCOG and CARTA Hold Public Open House for James Island/Folly Road Route 31 on Monday, Oct. 29

BCDCOG and CARTA will be holding a public open house at the St. James Presbyterian Church on Monday 29 from 3-7 p.m. regarding the proposed changes to CARTA’s Route 31 Folly Road, as well as a listening session on transit needs on James Island. Members of the public are invited to drop in anytime during the open house hours and meet with BCDCOG and CARTA Staff and Town of James Island officials at 1314 Secessionville Road, Charleston, SC 29412.
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