September 9, 2018 Route Changes

 

On Sunday September 9, 2018 several routes will have minor modifications to improve the efficiency and on time performance.

Please click on the individual schedules below for details on all modifications.

HOP Route 7

  • HOP route 7 will have modifications to the late night hours – view the schedule for details

Route 13 Remount Road

  • Rt. 13 will now service Hanahan City Hall

Route 20 King Street

  • Slight schedule changes to improve efficiency.  Route will no longer serve the shelter on Mt. Pleasant St. on the first southbound trip.  Please board on the King St. side of Joseph Floyd Manor. CARTA encourages those with mobility devices to board on King St. as a safety precaution.

Route 30 Savannah Hwy

  • Slight schedule changes to Sunday schedule only to improve efficiency

Route 40 Mt. Pleasant

  • Slight schedule changes to Sunday schedule only to improve efficiency

Route 42 Wando Circulator

  • Slight schedule changes to Sunday schedule only to improve efficiency

Route 104 Montague Ave.

  • Slight schedule changes to improve efficiency

OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE ADJUSTMENTS TO SERVICE TIMING

Ridership on the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority’s (CARTA) Hospitality on Peninsula (HOP) shuttle surpassed 11,400 in August, the fourth-straight record-setting month for the pilot park-and-ride program and up more than 1,400 riders over the previous month.

System officials also announced a number of adjustments to the popular service, effective Monday, Sept. 9:

  • Monday – Thursday (Last trip leaves the HOP lot at 1 a.m.)
    • 6 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.: Two buses run (every 15 minutes)
    • Midnight – 1:30 a.m.: One bus runs (every 30 minutes)
  • Friday and Saturday (Last trip leaves the HOP lot at 2 a.m.)
    • 6 a.m.-12:15 am.: Two buses run (every 15 minutes)
    • 12:00 a.m.-1:30 a.m.: One bus runs (every 30 minutes)
  • Sunday (Last trip leaves the HOP lot at 1 a.m.)
    • 6 a.m.-1:30 a.m.: One bus runs (every 30 minutes)

The park-and-ride program is the first of its kind on the peninsula and was brought to fruition via a collaborative partnership with the City of Charleston, Charleston County, the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments. The final ridership for the HOP in August was 11,417.

Visitors to downtown Charleston and all other commuters are also encouraged to park all day for just $5 and ride the HOP shuttle for free. Riders can track buses in real-time on the Transit app available on iPhone and Android.

“We are incredibly happy with the continued success of the HOP, as well as recent financial commitments from the City of Charleston and the private sector,” said Mike Seekings CARTA board chairman. “This initiative is proving successful and there is room for even more growth.”

September Service Impacts

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

  • King Tides (Sept. 7-9, 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.): Flooding in the usual areas, Routes 11 and 213.
  • Southern Fried Chicken Challenge (Sept. 8, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.): Riverfront Park at 1001 Everglades Ave, North Charleston.
  • Shaggin’ on the Cooper (Sept. 8, 7 p.m.): Mt. Pleasant Pier, at 71 Harry Hallman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant.
  • 2nd Sunday on King St. (Sept. 9, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.): King St. from Calhoun St. to Queen St. closed off.
  • CHS Beer Week Block Party (Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.): O’Hear Ave. from East Montague Ave. and Stone’s Alley Rd. (should not impede Route 104).
  • Charleston Pride Parade (Sept. 22, Begins 9 a.m.): Rolling closure from Ann St. to King St. onto Broad St. (Ann St. will be closed until the parade moves onto King St.).
  • MOJA Art Festival (Sept. 27, 6 p.m.-6:45 p.m.): Rolling closure from Marion Sq. on King St. to Market St. onto S. Market St. onto Concord St. (Route 211, potential Express impact crossing Calhoun).
  • 2018 Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure (Sept. 22, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.): Riverfront Park at 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. (Route 104 will have to use St. John Ave.).
  • Oktoberfest (Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.): O’Hear Avenue between Empire Ave. and Factory Dr. (should not impede the Route 104).
  • 2018 Lowcountry Heart Walk (Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.): Riverfront Park at 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. (Route 104).

Council partnered with S.C.-based bus manufacturer Proterra

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) has been awarded $1.5 million in funding as a part of the Federal Transportation Authority (FTA) Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program.

BCDCOG, one of 23 agencies nationwide to receive funds, will purchase an initial trio of zero-emission, battery-electric vehicles from Greenville, S.C. manufacturer Proterra, with whom it partnered on the grant application. The buses will be part of the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) fleet. BCDCOG has managed the transit authority since 2015.

“This is yet another step forward for public transportation in the region,” said BCDCOG and CARTA executive director Ron Mitchum. “Our staff worked diligently to secure funding for these clean-fuel vehicles, which will be the first of many on tri-county streets and highways.”

The CARTA board of directors in July passed a resolution to transition its entire fleet of fixed-route buses, primarily 1996 models that serviced the Atlanta Olympics, to zero-emission battery-electrics over the next several years. Funding from another federal grant program, when combined with Low-No resources, could see the number of battery-electric vehicles increase to as many nine in the near-term. CARTA is in the midst of updating its Express buses and has recently replaced its entire Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) and Tel-A-Ride paratransit fleets.

A cornerstone of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act signed into law by Congress in December of 2015, the Low-No Grant program is centered on modernizing transit systems through the purchase of buses which are powered by hybrid or battery engines, according to a Proterra release.

More than $84 million in funding is being made available for 52 projects in 41 states via the Low-No program. About $36 million will be spent on Proterra buses nationally.

“We are extremely happy to see American-made, zero-emission vehicles making their way into our fleet,” said CARTA board of directors chairman Mike Seekings. “Reliable, eco-friendly buses are a core component of what we’re building in regard to public transit in the region.”

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The purpose of this Request for Proposals is to purchase and install a well proven, industry standard, integrated package of public transit ITS hardware and software intended to assist dispatch and communications, capture data for transit system planning and management analysis, facilitate enhanced safety and security and provide enhanced public information.

Solicitation #: COG2018-04

Submit Offer By: Mon, 10/01/2018 – 15:00

Direct Inquiries To: Jason McGarry

Buyer Phone Number: 843-529-0400 x 221

Buyer Email: jasonm@bcdcog.com

Pre-Bid Information:

Delivery Point: 1362 McMillan Ave, Suite 100 North Charleston, SC 29405

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Ridership on the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority’s Hospitality on Peninsula (HOP) Shuttle surpassed 10,000 in July, the third-straight record-setting month for the pilot park-and-ride program.

“There is clear demand and need for this service, which has proven particularly valuable to the hospitality and food and beverages industries,” said CARTA board chairman Mike Seekings. “We hope that the resources necessary to continue the HOP’s momentum will be made available by the partners, both public and private, who have benefited from it, and that the program can be expanded to other parts of the city in the future.”

The park-and-ride program is the first of its kind on the peninsula and was brought to fruition via a collaborative partnership between the City of Charleston, Charleston County, the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments. Total ridership on the HOP in July was 10,015.

Service is currently scheduled for about every 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 3 a.m., seven days per week. Visitors to downtown Charleston and all commuters are encouraged to park all day for just $5 and ride the HOP shuttle for free.

Seekings noted that the HOP will be a convenient option for College of Charleston students who live off the peninsula and drive downtown. Riders can track buses in real-time on the Transit app available on iPhone and Android. 

Get all the details on The HOP: www.ridecarta.com/HOP

Flooding related service

FINAL UPDATE 2:30PM All routes have returned to regular routes and schedules.

UPDATE 12:30PM – All routes have returned to regular routes except routes 20 and 102.  Expect some delays as routes return to regular schedules.

UPDATE 12:10 PM – America street is now open.  Routes 11, 41 and 213 are resuming regular routes and schedules.  Expect some delays as routes return to regular schedules.

UPDATE 11:40 AM – Rt. 211 is back on regular route

11:00 am 8/3/18 the following routes are delayed or detouring due to flooding and street closures in the area.  Routes will return to normal as flooding subsides and streets are re-opened.

Route 11- Detouring Morrison and Columbus, staying on meeting to serve downtown

Route 20- Staying on Meeting due to flooding on King

Route 30- Detouring Cannon, will be going down Calhoun; then taking Meeting to Mary

Route 31- Detouring Cannon, will be going down Calhoun; then taking Meeting to Mary

Route 41- Same as Route 11, Staying on Meeting street

Route 102- Detouring Moultrie, going around Hampton Park (Mary Murray Drive)

Route 204- Detouring Beaufain Street

Route 210- Coming Street is flooded, going up Pitt Street

Rt. 211- Market and East Bay is flooded- We will be taking East Bay to Hassel back to Meeting.

Route 213- Delayed due to flooding on Calhoun; route is not going down America and Columbus streets

 

 

 

The Town of Mount Pleasant and Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments are partnering on a town-wide
transit study, with Phase I to focus on the public transportation needs and desires of residents and businesses. An online survey is available through Aug. 17 here (https://surveymonkey.com/r/mtptransit). Paper copies of the survey are available at Mount Pleasant Town Hall. A public open house will be held Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 3 – 7 p.m. in the Town Hall foyer to share findings and gather input on what future transit service should look like in Mount Pleasant.

“It’s very important to us that we offer service where there is demand and need,” said BCDCOG Executive Director Ron Mitchum. “Our goal is to put the right service in the right area at the right time, and one way to ensure we achieve that is to speak directly with riders and would-be riders.”

Those who would like to stay updated on the study or have specific questions are asked to email BCDCOG principal planner Sharon Hollis at sharonh@bcdcog.com. Recent CARTA outreach has included discussions regarding service with officials of Folly Beach
and Isle of Palms, as well as residents of Daniel Island, who can add their feedback at ridecarta.com/danielisland.

“Lowcountry residents have realized that public transit and other transportation alternatives are going to have to be in the mix if we’re going to avoid long-term gridlock,” Mitchum said.

Representatives from CARTA, TriCounty Link and the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) will be available to hear islanders ideas and answer questions regarding public transit, with a focus on what services are needed on Daniel Island.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 17, 1-3 p.m.

WHO: CARTA, TriCounty Link and BCDCOG staff

WHERE: Daniel Island Library, 2301 Daniel Island Drive

WHY: As Charleston’s public transportation provider, CARTA always want to hear from residents. With this session, the authority hopes to gain insight on the public transit needs of Daniel Island residents and businesses.

On Wednesday, July 4, 2018 all service will operate on a Sunday schedule.  No Express service will operate except Express 4.  If your route does not operate on Sundays it will not operate on the holiday.  Happy 4th of July and have a safe holiday.

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