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Hurricane Idalia – Service Update 2

Inclement weather threat 8/30/23 UPDATE 2

In light of current weather predictions including heavy winds, CARTA officials have announced several route adjustments to begin this afternoon:

  • Rt. 30 will still operate with one vehicle on an hourly schedule.
  • Rt. 31 & Rt. 33: Buses will detour using Spring and Cannon St. to avoid the James Island Connector
  • Rt. 40: The last trip leaving Mary St. into Mt. Pleasant at 4:30pm. The last trip leaving Hungry Neck is at 5:10pm arriving at Mary St. at 5:54pm.
  • Rt. 41: Last trip leaving Mary St. at 4:30pm and will leave Stuart Engals Blvd at 5:15pm arriving at Mary St. at 5:55pm.
  • Rt. 42- Schedule runs as is.

Check back periodically on ridecarta.com, social media and the Transit app for the latest updates as the storm progresses.

 

 

Inclement weather threat 8/30/23 UPDATE 1

11am (8/30/23) – CARTA officials continue to closely monitor Hurricane Idalia.  At this time, all services other than the ones listed below are running as scheduled, however riders should anticipate some delays and detours, especially in flood-prone areas.  Riders are encouraged to follow us @RideCARTA on social media and check the website periodically for any announcements regarding any service updates.  Announcements and alerts will also be posted on the Transit app and Google Transit.

  • Route 203 Medical Shuttle – Service currently suspended
  • Express – PM service has been suspended

At this time service expected to resume on 08/31/23.

 

Route Service Day of Bridge Run – Saturday April 1, 2023

Route Service Day of Bridge Run – Saturday April 1, 2023

On Saturday, April 1st all routes that travel into the downtown area will be affected by road closures, detours and high volumes of traffic, expect possible delays.

  • DASH routes 210 and 211 will not start until the race is completed.  DASH 213 will run on a detour.
  • Routes 10, 11, 20, 30, 31, 33, 40, and 41 will all have detours.  Click the link below to view all detours that will be in effect until service returns to regular service after the roads are reopened.

Mt. Pleasant Service:

In order to be as efficient as possible to transport our passengers around Mt. Pleasant and to Downtown while the bridge is closed during the Bridge Run, Routes 40 and 41 will run as follows on Saturday morning 4/01/23:

  • Rt. 40 has three vehicles dedicated to it.  One bus will circulate only in the Mt. Pleasant area.  Using Towne Center as a transfer point, passengers can transfer to the other two Rt. 40 buses that will travel back and forth to the Downtown area via I526 until the completion of the race.
  • Rt. 41 will run only in Mt. Pleasant on a detour until the race is completed.  It will also stop at Towne Center as a transfer point to the Rt. 40 that will be traveling downtown.

Expect some delays on these routes until the bridge has reopened and service returns to normal.

Riders are encouraged to use the transit app and/or the Text or Call for Next Bus (843-202-4410) features for real time route information. Customer service representatives can be reached at 843-724-7420 and will be available through the chat feature located here at ridecarta.com.

Click CARTA 2023 Bridge Run route detours  to view detours that will occur the day of the bridge run – Saturday, April 1, 2023.

Transit Equity Day – February 4th

Feb 4th is Transit Equity Day

Transit Equity Day is a National Day of Action that commemorates the importance of investing in public transit for the benefit of all citizens. It also coincides with the birthday of civil rights icon and public transit rider Rosa Parks, which is on February 4th.

Posters will be placed on the front seat of several routes to symbolically reserve a seat in honor of Rosa Parks.

 

Senior Free Ride Dates 2023

 

Senior FREE Ride Day-Annual promotion to encourage seniors (55+) to learn about the system and as a thank you to our regular senior riders.

Every year CARTA has one day per quarter that seniors riders 55+ can ride all routes for free.  This is the perfect opportunity to get some shopping done, visit friends or family or simply explore the city and our different routes.

  • Monday, February 20th (National Senior Independence Month)
  • Wednesday, May 31st (National Senior Health and Fitness Day)
  • Monday, August 21st (National Senior Citizen Day)
  • Saturday, December 16th (Happy Holidays)

If you have any questions, please call (843) 724-7420 for more info.

Senior Ride Free Poster 2023

Charleston Half Marathon Detours Jan. 14, 2023

See below for list CARTA detours for the Charleston Half Marathon January 14, 2023

Rt 10

Inbound

  • From Rivers @ Cosgrove
  • Right on Cosgrove
  • Right on I-26 East (To Charleston)
  • Exit on Ext #217. Stay to the right and follow exit to Meeting St. Rd.
  • Continue on regular route

Outbound

  • From Meeting St. Rd. after Pittsburgh Ave.
  • Veer left to get onto I-26
  • Exit on Ext 216B Cosgrove
  • Continue on Cosgrove across Rivers Ave. (To go around the Superstop)
  • Right on Navajo St.
  • Right on Cherokee St.
  • Right on Rivers Ave.
  • Continue on regular route.

Rt 11

Inbound

  • From Rivers @ Cosgrove
  • Right on Cosgrove
  • Right on I-26 East (To Charleston)
  • Exit on Ext #217. Stay to the left to wards Bainbridge Connector.
  • Exit Bainbridge
  • Left on Bainbridge (1st light)
  • Left at Stromboli (2nd Light)
  • Right on Spruill Ave.
  • Right on Grayson
  • Right on North Carolina
  • Continue on regular route.

Outbound

  • Continue on N. Carolina to Grayson
  • Left on Grayson
  • Left on Spruill Ave.
  • Right on Meeting St. Rd.
  • Veer left to get onto I-26
  • Exit on Ext 216B Cosgrove
  • Continue on Cosgrove across Rivers Ave. (To go around the Superstop)
  • Right on Navajo St.
  • Right on Cherokee St.
  • Right on Rivers Ave.
  • Continue on regular route.

Rt 13

Inbound

  • From N. Rhett
  • Continue around Circle to S. Rhett
  • Left on S. Rhett
  • Right on Helm
  • Left on Rivers
  • Continue to the Superstop.

Outbound

  • From Rivers @ Cosgrove
  • Right on Navajo St.
  • Right on Cherokee St.
  • Right on Rivers Ave.
  • Right on Helm Ave
  • Left on S. Rhett
  • Continue around Circle to N. Rhett

Rt 104

Inbound

  • From E. Montague
  • Continue around circle to S. Rhett
  • Left on S. Rhett
  • Right on Helm
  • Left on Rivers
  • Continue to the Superstop.

Outbound

  • From Rivers @ Cosgrove
  • Continue on Rivers Ave to Helm Ave.
  • Right on Helm Ave
  • Left on S. Rhett
  • Right on Park Circle
  • Continue on regular route.

Rt 213 (Loop)

Stand down at the Visitor center if caught east of King St. Otherwise:

  • From Bee St. Just before the VA
  • Right on Cherry (Blow Horn and wave VA stop passengers over)
  • Right on Cross Town/Cannon
  • Continue on Cannon.
  • Right on St. Philip
  • Right on Calhoun (Blow Horn and wave C of C stop passengers over)

Rt 211 (Loop)

Stand down if caught on Spring St. Otherwise:

  • From Visitor Center
  • Right into the Bus Shed
  • Right on Ann St.
  • Right on Meeting St.
  • Left on Broad St. Continue on Regular route until Wragg Square
  • Left on Wragg Square
  • Right on Meeting
  • Right on John St.

Rt 210 (Loop)

Stand down if caught west of King St. Otherwise:

  • From Visitor Center
  • Right into the Bus Shed
  • Right on Ann St. Continue through Meeting St. to Elizabeth St.
  • Right on Elizabeth St.
  • Left on Calhoun St.
  • Continue on regular route to the Aquarium.

Rt 20 (Loop)

  • From Meeting @ Chalmers continue to Brigade St.
  • Right on Brigade St.
  • Left on Morrison Dr.
  • Left on Meeting St.
  • Left on S. Market
  • Right on E. Bay
  • Right on Broad
  • Right on Meeting

Rt30

Inbound

  • From Cannon St.
  • Left on Ashley Ave.
  • Right on Crosstown
  • Exit on Romney
  • Right on Romney
  • Right on Meeting
  • Right on Wragg Square. Continue to Transit mall

Outbound

  • From Mary St.
  • Left on Meeting St.
  • Left on Cypress St.
  • Left on the Ramp to Septima Clark
  • Right on Shephard
  • Left on Rutledge Ave.
  • Right on Spring- Stay in the left lane to go over Hwy17- Lockwood overpass.
  • Continue on regular route.

Rt33 and 31

Inbound

  • From Calhoun St.
  • Left on Ashley Ave.
  • Right on Crosstown
  • Exit on Romney
  • Right on Romney
  • Right on Meeting
  • Right on Wragg Square. Continue to Transit mall

Outbound

  • From Mary St.
  • Left on Meeting St.
  • Left on Cypress St.
  • Left on the Ramp to Septima Clark
  • Right on Shephard
  • Left on Rutledge
  • Right on Calhoun- Continue on regular route.

CARTA Announces Free Service on Christmas Day

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) will offer free service to all riders on Christmas Day.

The annual promotion – offered system-wide Dec. 25 – is an opportunity for CARTA to give back to its riders during the holiday season.

“It’s our pleasure each year to help our riders make the most out of their holiday by offering free Christmas Day service as our gift to you,” CARTA Board Chairman Mike Seekings said. “On behalf of all of us here at CARTA, we’re wishing everyone a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.”

Please note: CARTA services operate on a Sunday schedule on Christmas Day.

CARTA Wants Your Feedback on the Payment Experience!

Greetings CARTA Rider –

On behalf of the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) the Riley Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston is conducting a study on CARTA customer payment needs. Responses to this survey are anonymous and confidential and will help to inform CARTA of ways to improve the customer payment experience. It should take you no more than 5-7 minutes to complete this survey.  You can access this survey by clicking here, at the link below or by scanning the QR code below with your phone.  No personal information will be collected or shared through this survey and you are able to quit at any time.  Please feel free to share this link with other CARTA riders.  Thank you for your time and your feedback.

bit.ly/tokentransit

 

Annual CARTA Bike Giveaway Returns in Partnership With Second Chance Bikes

The entry period for CARTA’s annual holiday bike giveaway in partnership with Second Chance Bikes is now open and will run through 11:59 p.m., Monday, December 12, 2022.

To nominate yourself or a friend, send a direct message to CARTA via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram containing the name and phone number of the nominee. Five winners will be selected at random and contacted following the end of the entry period.

CARTA Board Chairman Mike Seekings will present the group of winners with their refurbished bikes during a giveaway event the morning of Dec. 16 at CARTA headquarters in North Charleston.

“Each year, we look forward to teaming up with the folks at Second Chance Bikes to host this giveaway for our riders,” Seekings said. “It’s a fun start to the holiday season and a great way to show our appreciation for those who use CARTA.”

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