Dr. Bus #401 & East Cooper Hospital Medical Complex

Thanks for your interest in the CARTA #401 East Cooper Connector, which serves the Medical Complex around East Cooper Hospital, the Senior Citizens Center and James B. Edwards Elementary School. We’ll be doing a people to people transit canvass with help from the Moultrie Middle School Beta Club, distributing information on local transit at the Medical complex on Friday, March 30. This page gives you links to the relevant online content and services.

CARTA 401 East Cooper Connector Bus Mount Pleasant SC

CARTA 401 East Cooper Connector Bus

Online Trip Planning– Trips on this and most other CARTA Routes connecting to locations throughout Charleston County can now be planned using Google Maps Transit which will automatically generate itineraries and maps which can be printed out or emailed to patients, customers, and family.  Here is a sample trip planned using this service from East Cooper Hospital to Downtown Charleston.  It’s easy to generate and print out a trip plan for a patient or costumer who wants to go home on the bus.

Detailed questions about the route can be answered by calling CARTA customer services.  (843) 747-0922 or William Hamilton of East Cooper CARTA Riders (843) 870-5299.  You can also see the main official CARTA Website for regional information, www.ridecarta.com.  

Bus Service to the Medical Complex– The East Cooper Connector #401 bus stops at East Cooper Hospital once an hour between 7:27 am and 7:27 pm on weekdays with stops at the Senior Center, Just north of Hospital drive near the Intersection of Von Kolnitz Rd.  and at the front entrance to the new Hospital. The bus runs 8:27 am to 7:27 pm on Saturdays. It doesn’t run on Sunday.  After stopping at the Hospital, it continues on to Whipple Road, Belle Hall, Long Point Road, Six Mile, Hungryneck Blvd. Town Centre, Trident Tech., Sea Island Shopping Center, Coleman Blvd., Waterfront Park, Wingo Way, Houston Northcutt and Mount Pleasant Town Hall.

After Town Hall it returns to the Medical Center via Coleman Blvd., Rifle Range Road, and Bowman Road. It stops at Mount Pleasant movie theaters, major shopping centers, restaurants and both major hotel clusters.  See our detailed web page on the #401 East Cooper Connector

Connections to Other Routes– The East Cooper Connector Bus connects on both Hungryneck Blvd. near BI-LO and on Houston Northcutt near Harris Teeter with the #40 trans Mount Pleasant bus which runs between Wando High School and Downtown Charleston. It connects to the #402 bus to the beach and the C203 Tri County Links Bus running to McClellenville and Awendaw.  Overview page on all East Cooper Bus Routes

This bus can assist patients and families who need to get to the medical complex or would like to leave the area for a stress free trip to their hotel, shopping, entertainment or downtown.  You can download and print this information card for customers and patients.

Discount bus passes for 3 days or a month, with huge savings for unlimited use of the system can be purchased at Kmart on Bowman Road, Sea Island Piggly Wiggley & the Visitor’s Center at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Memorial Park, all of which are on the #401 route.  Passes are also now available online.

Route Status– CARTA Bus Routes are periodically reviewed for ridership performance. The #401 is currently not meeting targets. If this route does not reach targets, it can be cancelled. If ridership increases. the route can achieve permanent status and qualify for bus stop improvements such as benches and shelters. Improved ridership also creates the opportunity to extend hours or increase frequency.  It has been put up for review by the CARTA route review board.  Action on the route may happen over the summer.

CARTA Bus Crossing Shem Creek Bridge

East Cooper Connector Bus Crossing Shem Creek

Thanks to the Moultrie Middle School Beta Club for Assisting East Cooper CARTA Riders in distributing this information at the medical comples.   Transit is a trip we make together.  Efforts like this East of the Cooper have put over 4000 more riders per month on our transit system in the past year, which an increase in ridership on our main #40 route of over 30%.  With your help we can build the #401 East Cooper Connector into a useful and used part of our growing transit system, helping patients, family, friends, and employees get to and from the care and services they need.  Please let your customers and patients know about this important transit service so it will continue to be available to the entire community.

Disclaimer- East Cooper CARTA Riders is an independent rider’s advocacy organization not associated with Charleston Area Regional Transit Authority (CARTA).  We are devoted to improving the quality of public transit services East of the Cooper.  We are independent of and do not represent CARTA and statements made on this website and in our materials  reflect the opinions of our organization.


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