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

 

Author: Michael Stettner

THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF THE SYSTEMS’ SENIOR SERIES

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)

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.

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 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.

Town funded construction of the new structure

Charleston Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and Town of James Island officials today cut the ribbon on the transit system’s newest shelter at the intersection of Camp Road and Folly Road.

The Town funded the $32,000 shelter, built on land provided by Walgreens. The structure was part of the Charleston County-led Camp Road at Folly Road Intersection Improvement Project.

“This is an excellent example of partnership among multiple government agencies and the private sector,” said CARTA board of directors chairman Mike Seekings. “The CARTA board thanks to the Town of James Island for funding the shelter, Walgreens for providing the necessary easement and Charleston County for their role in the project.”

“The Town recognizes the importance of public transit on James Island and placing a shelter at this important intersection made sense,” James Island Mayor Bill Woolsey said. “We also hope to find further ways to partner with CARTA in the future.”

The ribbon cutting comes ahead of a public meeting next week to discuss possible service changes on James Island that potentially include shorter headways and more trips per day. The meeting will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Oct. 29 at St. James Presbyterian Church, 1314 Secessionville Road.

Elsewhere in the system, CARTA is in the midst of constructing more than 60 shelters this fall.

Obstacle course at North Charleston Coliseum provided stern test.

Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) bus drivers today competed alongside notable Charlestonians in a variety of challenges at the transit system’s annual Bus “Roadeo.” The event, held at the North Charleston Coliseum, once again showcased the talent of CARTA drivers, both via their skills and the efforts of the non-pros.

This year’s winners are:

  • Winner (40ft): Quincin Hamilton
  • Winner (35ft): Sonya Jackson
  • Winner (Paratransit): Maritza Simon
  • Celebrity Winner: Matt Lee of the Lee Bros.

“Our drivers displayed their incredible bus operating skills, just like they do every day on the streets and highways of the Charleston region,” said CARTA board of directors chairman Mike Seekings. “We are proud of these truly talented individuals and thankful for the service they provide to the community.”

Obstacle stations included: Offset Street, Right/Left Turn, Right/Left Reverse, Passenger Pickup, the ominous-sounding Serpentine and crowd favorite Diminishing Clearance. CARTA drivers were competing for a berth in the statewide “Roadeo” in early 2019, while celebrities chased eternal glory.

The County will open the shelter facility at 3765 Leeds Avenue at noon today ahead of potential impacts from Hurricane Michael.
If you need transportation to the shelter:
  • Head to the nearest CARTA bus stop
  • Call (843) 202-7904 to request pick up and provide the stop number/location, or
  • Tell the next CARTA bus driver and they will have Transportation send a bus.
  • A CARTA Tel-A-Ride bus will then transport citizens to the shelter.

If there are no CARTA stops near you, head to the nearest Blue Hurricane pick up sign. Service will begin today at noon – 7 p.m. tonight and operate tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. only if weather and wind conditions allow. Visit http://bit.ly/2pLFyGl for more details.

Obstacle course at North Charleston Coliseum to provide stern test

If you think driving in Charleston traffic is hard, try doing it in a 40-foot bus. That’s what a quartet of notable Charlestonians will be tasked with when they join Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) drivers in the transit system’s annual Bus “Roadeo” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the North Charleston Coliseum.

This year’s celebrity drivers are:

  • Matt Lee of the Lee Bros. (Defending Champion)

  • Leyla Gulen, Anchor/Host, FOX 24

  • Charlie James, Radio Host, WTMA

  • Jamee Haley, Executive Director, Lowcountry Local First

“Our drivers are highly skilled and this is a chance for them to showcase their talent,” said CARTA board of directors chairman Mike Seekings. “At the same time, the notable residents illustrate what a true challenge it is to operate these vehicles in an open parking lot, much less the crowded streets and highways of Charleston.”

Obstacle stations include: Offset Street, Right/Left Turn, Right/Left Reverse, Passenger Pickup, the ominous-sounding Serpentine, and crowd favorite Diminishing Clearance.

CARTA drivers will be competing for a berth in the statewide “Roadeo” in early 2019. For the non-pros, eternal glory is up for grabs. The event is open to the media and the public. The first buses roll at 8 a.m. in the North Charleston Coliseum E parking lot. Celebrity competition kicks off at 10 a.m.

October Service Impacts

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

  • Hope for Healing Walk 2018 (Oct. 6, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.): Start/Finish at Seacoast Church, 5505 N Rhett Ave, North Charleston with walk around the neighborhood (Routes 13 and 104).
  • King Tides (Oct. 6-8, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.): Flooding in the usual areas (Routes 11 and 214).
  • King Tides (Oct. 10-11, 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.): Flooding in the usual areas (Routes 11 and 214).
  • North Charleston High School Homecoming Parade (Oct. 12, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.): Start/Finish at North Charleston High School with walk around Park Circle.
  • 2nd Sunday on King St. (Oct. 14, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.): King St. closed off from Calhoun St. to Queen St. (Route 211).
  • North Charleston Harvest Festival (Oct. 20, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.): East Montague Ave. closed off from Jenkins Ave. to Virginia Ave. (Route 104).
  • Coastal Carolina Fair (Oct. 25 – Nov. 4): Exchange Park Fairgrounds, 9850 US-78, Ladson, SC (Route 10).
  • James Island Connector Run (Oct. 27, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.): Calhoun St. closed off at Jonathon Lucas St. onto the James Island Connector (Routes 33 and 213).
  • Making Strides of Charleston (Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.): Start/Finish at North Charleston Riverfront Park (Route 104).
  • Riverland Terrace Halloween Party (Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.): Wappoo Dr. closed, use Maybank Hwy. (Route 31).
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