Daniel Island and Cainhoy Peninsula

Update, April 2013- For information on the renewed effort to bring transit to Daniel Island, see www.hungryneckstraphangers.com/di online.

Our interest at transit doesn’t end at the Wando River. We recognize that Daniel Island, Thomas Island, the Clemins Ferry Road Community and the Cainhoy Peninsula are important parts of the East Cooper Area.

Kurt Kehlenbeck, of Daniel Island, has been involved in the East Cooper CARTA Riders effort for over a year.  Kurt will lead our Daniel Island Committee.  Kurt is an experienced community leader and construction foreman who gets things done and appreciates the value of concrete results at the end of the day.  He’s clever, handy and determined.  Kurt Khelenbeck (pictured left), of Daniel Island, has been involved in the East Cooper CARTA Riders Effort for over a year. Kurt will lead our Daniel Island Committee. Kurt is an experienced community leader and construction foreman who gets things done and appreciates the value of concrete results at the end of the day. He’s clever, handy and determined.

If you could build a bus with a sawzall and nail gun, Kurt would have already made sure Daniel Island had one. Kurt will be working with the community, CARTA, Berkeley County Government and the City of Charleston on this effort. He’s recruiting activists now, starting with his son, who commutes to Trident Tech downtown on the CARTA Express.

You can reach Kurt through Facebook or by email at kehl46@yahoo.com.

A graphic of a proposed New North Charleston Regional Transit StationAfter the new route system in Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms is rolling, we’ll begin transit advocacy work on Daniel Island. Although Daniel Island is not technically within CARTA’s Charleston County Service area, there are strategies available for linking Daniel Island to the transit connections in Mount Pleasant at Town Center and in North Charleston at Superstop. In the future we’d like for this system to be connected to the new inter-modal station near the intersection of Dorchester Road and 526.

It’s a short trip to and from both locations. It is well within the ability of a single bus to get it done every hour if the time on the streets of Daniel Island is limited and efficient. In this effort, we would involve the City of Charleston and its proven commitment to transit elsewhere.

We’ll be holding our first Daniel Island meeting shortly after the CARTA route rollout in Mt. P and on the Islands. Until then, please use our feedback form to help us build a mailing list and provide input to Mayor Riley and the appropriate members of the CARTA Board.

If you have ideas regarding this project go to the feedback form and select the pulldown option for Daniel Island.

Upcoming Riders’ Advocacy Event

Citizen's Hearing on Public Transit

SC State Senator Marlon Kimpson and Best Friends of Lowcountry Transit, Inc. invite the people of the SC Lowcountry to the first Citizen’s Hearing on Public Transit on Tuesday, August 4 from 6 to 8 pm. at the International Longshoreman’s Hall at 1142 Morrison Dr, in Charleston, SC. The Longshoreman’s Hall is on the CARTA 11, 10, 20 & 104 Bus lines.

This will be an old fashioned type of public hearing. Anyone present will be given the opportunity to speak to the entire gathering, to put up images for everyone to see and to file written comments in a publically available internet archive.

Local organizations and campaigns will be offered the opportunity to setup information tables. However we’re asking political candidates to present their thoughts at public forums to be held in the fall and to use this opportunity to hear from the public. We record the entire hearing and stream it to the internet.

Food trucks will be available in the parking lot to provide evening meals for those present.

Input received at this hearing will be used to help Senator Kimpson and Best Friends of Lowcountry Transit shape their respective plans for moving our region towards more efficient and useful public transit in the next year.

Full information on this effort can be found at http://hungryneckstraphangers.com/?p=3785