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Bridge Run 2021-Service Impacts

Expect some route delays this week due to higher traffic volumes related to the Bridge Run on Saturday 09.25.21.
  • On Thursday, September 23rd and Friday September 24th due to increased traffic volumes related to the Bridge Run in the North Charleston near the Coliseum and Tanger Outlets as well as Downtown, all routes traveling in those areas can expect some possible delays.
  • All buses including Express buses will be running on regular schedule but may be affected by the high volumes of traffic.

 Route Service Day of Bridge Run – Saturday September 25, 2021

On Saturday, September 25th all routes that travel into the downtown area will be affected by road closures, detours and high volumes of traffic, expect possible delays.

  • DASH route 211 will not start until the race is completed.  DASH 210 and 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 9/25/21:

  • 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 2021 Bridge Run Service Impacts  to view detours and missing stops for Saturday service

Books on Buses: CCPL, CARTA Expand Free Book Program to Two More Bus Stops

The Books on Buses program aims to increase access to library services and encourage literacy throughout Charleston County 

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Public transportation riders in Charleston County will now have access to even more free books at additional bus stops. The Charleston County Public Library and The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) partnered to provide free books for all ages at CARTA bus stops through the Books on Buses program, which was launched in April at two bus stops in North Charleston. This week, two additional bus stops in West Ashley and downtown Charleston are being launched.  

The new “book boxes” are located in Charleston at the intersection of Ashley River Road and Magwood Drive (Stop #810) and at the intersection of Meeting Street and Mary Street (Stop #560). The program initially launched in April with two North Charleston CARTA stops at Rivers Avenue Park and Ride Lot at 1251 Melnick Drive and the Superstop at the intersection of Rivers and Cosgrove Avenues.

“We’ve given out hundreds of books since the Books on Buses program launched earlier this year,” said CCPL’s Outreach Manager Kathleen Montgomery. “This program allows us to further connect with our community and promote literacy in Charleston County.”

These boxes contain books for all ages from CCPL’s Community Collection, which uses donations and discarded materials to encourage literacy outside of library walls. The books are free and do not need to be returned to the box or any other library location.

“CARTA connects riders to the things they love, and thanks to this new chapter in our partnership with the Charleston County Public Library, that includes more books that open up new avenues of learning,” said CARTA Board of Directors Chairman Mike Seekings. “We are excited to expand the ‘books on buses’ partnership to new areas in Charleston County and look forward to helping our riders write their own success stories.”

“We are so happy that this program has been so well-received by the public and that we have been able to distribute almost 1,000 books into the community so far,” said CCPL Community Engagement Associate Director, Devon Andrews. “CCPL is committed to helping Charleston County residents have increased access to books and literacy wherever they are in their day and we are grateful to CARTA for their partnership on this project.”

For more information, visit ccpl.org, contact your local library branch, or connect with the library on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. For information on CARTA, visit ridecarta.com.


The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) is a public transportation system dedicated to providing affordable transit in the Charleston, S.C., community through local fixed routes, on-demand paratransit, and express commuter service. For the latest on CARTA, visit ridecarta.com, like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @RideCARTA. All customers are encouraged to plan rides and track buses with the CARTA-endorsed Transit app.

Stop location–Meeting at Mary
Stop location – Ashley River Road and Magwood Dr.
Stop location-Rivers Ave. Park and Ride 1251 Melnick Dr.
Stop location-Superstop Rivers and Cosgrove

Senior Free Ride Day-Saturday 08.21.21

August 21st is National Senior Citizens Day which was created to give back to seniors that have impacted our lives and to recognize the achievements of those who have already given so much.  The day provides an opportunity to show our appreciation for their dedication, accomplishments, and for all they have done and continue to do–we owe our seniors our thanks and gratitude.  Seniors 55 and older simply show your ID and ride all routes free on Saturday. This is the perfect opportunity to get some shopping done, visit friends or family or simply explore the city and our different routes.

The final Senior Free Ride day for 2021 will be on Saturday, December 11th. To learn more about this program click SeniorsFreeRide.

Notice of Public Hearing: Route 32

The public is hereby advised that a public hearing will be offered by the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) at the CARTA Superstop at 2101 Cosgrove Ave, North Charleston, 29405.  The purpose of the hearing is the consideration of increased frequency of Route 32-North Bridge between North Charleston and West Ashley, seven days a week starting in fall 2021. 

Interested parties are invited to express their views. 

Date: Monday, 08/30/21

Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm

Those unable to attend in person can do so online via Zoom at:


Those who find it necessary to meet in person, staff will be available during the times listed above at the Superstop. Masks are required. Individuals can also submit comments and questions prior to the meeting to serviceplanning@bcdcog.com and include Rt. 32 in the subject line.

For any additional questions please call (843) 529-0400.

Questions or concerns should be addressed to: Jon Dodson, Senior Transit Planner

CARTA Announces Free Seasonal Shuttle Service to Isle of Palms

Free BEACH REACH Shuttle to Run May Through September

UPDATE: Thanks to contributions from the Town of Mount Pleasant and the City of Isle of Palms, the Beach Reach Shuttle will be a fare-free for riders throughout the summer.

NORTH CHARLESTON (May 19, 2021) – The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) today announced details of the Beach Reach Shuttle for summer 2021. The hourly service, which launches May 29, will provide a new connection between Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms.


HOP Temporary Suspension

HOP service will be temporarily suspended on May 8, 2021.  CARTA staff will continue to be in frequent contact with city officials regarding the service and hospitality needs and will continue to closely monitor traffic and parking patterns along with other parameters to determine when HOP service will return.   

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