CARTA with #SC1 Candidates for Congress

Tim Larkin on CARTA 40 Mount Pleasant Bus talking to riders

Tim Larkin (R) talking to voters on the Mount Pleasant 40 CARTA Bus March 13, 2011

Updated Info on the Transit Rider Voter empowerment effort can now be found at www.hungryneckstraphangers.com/vote.

Mt. Pleasant, SC- Hungryneck Straphangers has now conducted Candidate’s rides on March 7, 13 & 28 and is waiting to schedule more based on candidate’s committments.  Our practice is to obtian the first committment for a date of the campaign’s choosing, then invite everyone else.  If you want a good time for your campaign, call us first and take your pick.  Rides at various times can be worked out including early morning.  Full details can be found at www.hungryneckstraphangers.com.  You can reach organizer William Hamilton at 870-5299 or wjhamilton29464@gmail.com.

March 8 Candidates Ride- We’re offering an opportunity for candidates to schedule a ride this week on Friday at 7:00 am Starting at the Express Bus Park and Ride at Oakland Super Walmart in Mount Pleasant (out near Wando HS) into town.   Campaigns can either continue on to Citadel Mall to meet more voters or return to Mount Pleasant on the Express or the 40.  If no candidates confirm with us, we’ll cancel the ride.  Facebook Signup for March 8 Ride.

New- Hungryneck Straphangers has decided to distribute a bookmark type slip at bus stops prior to the primary which lists the candidates which did ride the bus, to recognize their interest in transit.  This will need to go to Press a week, March 9 so we can begin distribution on March 11.  The last day to ride and be listed on this bookmark slip will be Friday, March 8.   We plan to distribute several thousand bookmarks.

A Facebook photogallery of our first two trips with 5 candidates in now online at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10151430911974824&type=1

We expect to schedule several of these trips.  We’re somewhat flexible on how many and when, but this 4 pm to 5:35 pm time slot round trip to Mount Pleasant allows candidates to meet a lot of transit voters quickly and still make their evening event.  We also do morning join voters on their way to work rides, which are very intense but allow candidates to meet many transit voters who go on to discuss their candidate contact at work..   Bus trips go rain or shine.  We’re willing to work with campaign schedules to tailor a trip which meets your needs at these or other times.  We promise you’ll meet more voters faster doing this than any other form of in person campaigning.  Most candidates over 100 voters per hour.

Information and Questions for Candidates Now Updated, Online

Linda Page of the CARTA board & Mt. Pleasant Town Council speaks to candidates in a rainy Kmart parking lot on Feb. 7

Linda Page of the CARTA board & Mt. Pleasant Town Council speaks to candidates in a rainy Kmart parking lot on Feb. 7

All 16 Republican candidates were invited to ride during the Feb. 16 Freedomworks forum in N. Charleston and given a full information package, including the four that had already taken a ride, since package materials had been updated since their ride. Listed below are the candidates in alphabetical order by party and name and who hs ridden or committed to ride.

The Democrats and Greens have been invited by phone call and email.

Candidates can review our updated information for candidates memo, now with our exact Transit issue questions we’ll be asking candidates to answer.

Transit Issues in this Election

We’ll be distributing thousands of voter information cards in April with the candidates answers to three simple questions.  Candiates will have a brief space to explain their answers and we’ll provide links to more detailed information online if they ask.

  1. Have you ridden CARTA or Tri County Link Public Transit in the Lowcountry recently?  We’ll note if this has been a guided ride with a person familiar with transit issues or a self reported claim which we can’t verify.
  2. As a congressman would you be willing to work to obtain Federal support to complete planning and construction of the Passenger Intermodal Transportation Center in N. Charleston which will combine a new Amtrak Train Station, Greyhound Station, Airport Shuttle, CARTA route hub and car rental services as well as offices and service businesses.  We/ve put together an Intermodal  information packet for the campaigns. Details on this Public/Private partnership project are available from CARTA.
  3. As a congressman, would you support returning public transit’s share of the Federal Transportation Budget to 20% or more from it’s current reduced share of 18%?  For background on this issue see Stranded at the Station, a natinal report on public transit funding issues.
  4. There will be a short space for additional comments by the candidate.

Help Get Candidates to Ride the Bus

If your candidate hasn’t been on the bus yet, please contact them and encourage them to ride.  Our community will be better for everyone when all of our leaders understand what transit is really like, by seeing it from the inside right here, on a bus and meeting the people who ride every day.  You can download printable postcards to help get more people involved in this effort.

Democrats

  1. Elizabeth Colbert Busch (D)  Colbert Busch Facebook  rode with us on March 14.
  2. Ben Frasier

Green Party

Ric Bryant(R) speaks to Express Bus Riders in Charleston on Feb. 28

Ric Bryant(R) in teal colored jacket at left, speaks to Express Bus Riders in North Charleston on Feb. 28

Republicans

  1. Keith Blandford  indicates that he will not be riding, and that he is opposed to public transportation,
  2. Curtis Bostic or Bostic on Facebook
  3. Ric Bryant rode in the Morning on Feb. 28, North Charlston Exp.
  4. Larry Grooms or Larry Grooms on Facebook
  5. Johnathan Hoffman rode in the rain, Feb. 7, Mt. P. Exp & 40
  6. John Kuhn
  7. Jeff King
  8. Tim Larkin rode on Feb. 13, Mt. P. Exp & 40
  9. Chip Limehouse or Chip Limehouse on Facebook
  10. Peter McCoy
  11. Elizabeth Moffly  rode on Feb. 13. Mt. P. Exp & 40
  12. Ray Nash
  13. Andy Patrick
  14. Shawn Pinkston or Pinkston for Congress on Facebook
  15. Mark  Sanford or  Mark Sanford on Facebook
  16. Teddy Turner rode in the rain on Feb. 7, Mt. P Exp.

Here is the detailed Itinerary

Candidates Teddy Turner and Mathww Hoffman chat before boarding the Express bus on Calhoun Street

Candidates Teddy Turner and Mathww Hoffman chat before boarding the Express bus on Calhoun Street

Feb. 28 Morning ride-  Starts at Kmart Park and Ride in North Charleston at 7 am,  at 7:19 Ride Express 1 all the way to James Island, turn around and stay on Express one back to the city.  Take Rivers Ave. 10 back to North Charleston.  Candidate Ric Bryant commieted to ride all candidates welcome.  You can sign up for the Feb. 28 Ride  on Facebook.

Elixabeth Moffly (R) talks to riders at the Express Bus stop in Downtown Charleston on our March 13 rided

Elixabeth Moffly (R) talks to riders at the Express Bus stop in Downtown Charleston on our March 13 rided

For a full update on our current efforts to improve Public Transit East of the Cooper, see Going Somewhere Together  in 2013

This effort is a project of the Hungryneck Straphangers, an independent Rider’s Advocacy group and is not officially associated with CARTA, a government agency in any way.  Hungryneck Straphangers is associated with Americans for Transit, a national Rider’s advocacy group.

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A rolling holiday celebration is coming the the center of the Mount Pleasant Christmas Festival on the Jingle Bus.