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Inclement Weather Detours Aug. 5, 2020

Routes 10 and 12 detouring due to flooding in North Charleston area

Routes 10 and 12

08.05/2020 1:30pm Routes 10 and 12 are detouring due to flooding in the area of Rivers Ave. and Otranto Rd. The bus stop on Otranto Rd. (Stop ID 382) will not be accessible. Passengers should use the stops near the library (Stop ID 369/Stop ID 91) until the routes are able to return to the regular schedules.

Route 12

Route 12 is detouring at Northwoods Blvd. due to flooding in the area. All stops along Northwoods Blvd. and at Northwoods Mall (Stop ID’s 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 381, 402, 403, 404, 405) will be missed.

The route will travel the following route until it is able to return to regular the schedule:

*(Northbound) Down Ashley Phosphate to Rivers Ave. * (Southbound) Down Rivers to Ashley Phosphate

Tropical Storm Isaias Update 4

Winds have decreased, Route 40 has resumed regular service.

Tropical Storm Isaias Update 3

Due to high winds, the Route 40 will be suspended until further notice.

Tropical Storm Isaias Update 2

As of 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, CARTA officials continue to monitor Tropical Storm Isaias. The authority will act in accordance with Charleston County’s High Wind Bridge Procedures and is anticipating the discontinuation of service across bridges at some point this evening. Notice will be given when that decision is made. Also, be advised flooding is expected in the service area, which could lead to significant detouring and delays. Please limit all travel to essential trips only.

Hurricane Isaias Update 1

As of 6 p.m. on Friday, July 31, all CARTA service is planned to run as scheduled. Check back periodically throughout the weekend for potential service updates and follow @RideCARTA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest. Alerts will also be available via the Transit app and Google Transit.

Reminder: Wear masks, wash hands, stay home if sick

As CARTA continues to closely monitor the ongoing situation related to COVID-19, the safety of our passengers, employees and community members remains our top priority.

All enhanced protocols, such as requiring a mask when riding, are intended to help keep passengers and staff safe as we move through the pandemic. With that in mind, please note:

  • If you feel sick, stay home and do not ride the bus.
  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth with tissue or cough/sneeze into your bent elbow – not into your hands.
  • Maintain as much distance as possible between yourself and other passengers and bus operators.

Also, be reminded that free masks and hand sanitizer are available on all vehicles.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

CARTA suspending downtown services at 9pm due to city curfew

June 5, 2020

CARTA service in downtown Charleston will be suspended at 9 p.m. on Friday due to a city curfew. The last trip from downtown on Route 10 will depart Meeting and Mary at 9:05 p.m. Route 10 will continue to operate after 9 p.m. north of the Superstop at Cosgrove Avenue in North Charleston. Regular service is expected to resume Saturday, but may be impacted by additional evening curfews. Please check back for updates.


CARTA suspending services at 6pm due to area curfews

June 1, 2020

All CARTA services will be suspended at 6pm due to area curfews except for Express service. Regular route service final trips will be made in the 5pm hour.  Express services will continue as scheduled with final trips occurring in the 7pm hour.  Service expected to start tomorrow at regular scheduled times.

CARTA services suspended at 11pm due to county-wide curfew – Effective 5.30.2020 11pm

UPDATE: May 30, 2020 11pm

All CARTA services will be suspended at 11pm on 05.30.2020 due to county-wide curfew.

May 30, 2020 7pm
All downtown service have returned to regular schedules.  Expect some minor delays as services resume regular routes and schedules.
Temporary service disruptions impacting all routes traveling in the downtown area 
Effective May 30, 2020 5pm

At this time all service in the downtown area is being temporarily suspended due to road closures in the area.

  • Joseph Floyd Manor will be the final stop going into the downtown area for routes 10, 11, 102, 40 and 41.
  • Routes 30, 31 and 33 will continue service in the West Ashley area only.
  • All DASH and HOP Route 7 service temporarily suspended.

Updates will be provided when routes can return to regular service.

CARTA, TriCounty Link Return to Full Service May 26


CHARLESTON (May 20, 2020) – The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and TriCounty Link will return to full operations on Tuesday, May 26, with limited exceptions.

All riders will be required to wear masks or face coverings while on board and the agencies will be dispensing masks to those without them, along with hand sanitizer. Riders are also encouraged to maintain as much distance from each other and bus operators as possible.

Route 4 Airport Express and Route 203 Medical Shuttle will not return to service on the 26th, but will be back at a future date. The Route 7 HOP Shuttle will continue to operate on a limited basis for the time being. Full Tel-A-Ride service will resume June 1.

Return to Regular Service

As CARTA service returns to regular levels, staff will continue to closely monitor the ongoing situation related to COVID-19.  The safety of our passengers, employees and community members continues to be our top priority and we will carry forward enhanced protocols aimed at keeping everyone as safe as possible.

All measures put in place are intended to help keep our passengers and staff safe as we continue to move through this pandemic. With that in mind, please note:

  • If you feel sick, stay home and do not ride the bus.
  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth with tissue or cough/sneeze into your bent elbow – not into your hands.

Required PPE

  • Masks/Face Coverings: All passengers and drivers will be required to wear cloth masks or face coverings when aboard CARTA vehicles. Free masks will be available for riders. Please take only one when needed to ensure we continue to have masks available for all passengers. 
  • Refusal to wear a mask or face covering, or acting in an unsafe, manner will result in denial of entry or expulsion from CARTA vehicles.

Social Distancing

  • Bus Stops & Shelters: Use social distancing measures when waiting for the bus.
  • Boarding: Maintain 3-to-6 feet of spacing between passengers when queuing and boarding. Have fares ready before the bus arrives to allow for a faster process.
  • Aboard CARTA Vehicles: Staff is monitoring capacity levels on all vehicles to determine if additional deployment is required to allow for and encourage social distancing. Managing capacity levels is a priority moving forward.
    • Seating: When space is available, please do not sit or stand next to another passenger. Seating near the driver area has been restricted.
    • Partitions: Temporary barriers are in place to separate drivers from passengers. Permanent barriers will soon be installed.


  • Buses are cleaned nightly with two hospital-grade disinfectant sprays endorsed by the CDC for their ability to kill Coronavirus and many other viruses. 
  • The sprays are dispersed using electrostatic disinfecting, which involves quickly and evenly coating a surface with a disinfecting solution.
  • Staff is also wiping down all hard surfaces and high-touch areas when buses are cleaned nightly and managers are visually confirming cleanliness each day.
  • We advise riders to try to take special care when riding and use sanitizer or wipes to cleanse any area or item they may come into contact with whenever possible

Please keep in mind that thousands of individuals ride our buses daily. Although it is impossible to keep vehicles completely clean at every moment throughout the day, what we can do is ensure they start out clean, that they are cleaned and disinfected every night and that any safety issues are handled as quickly as possible.

If you see any problems, please inform your driver immediately and/or report it to customer service either through online chat at www.ridecarta.com or by calling (843) 724-7420. Please have the bus number, route and time of day ready when reporting issues and do as quickly as possible to ensure a timely response.

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