Mount Pleasant, SC– East Cooper CARTA Riders will make a presentation to the East Cooper Democrats at the Wednesday, May 25th. meeting at the Annex of Olive Branch AME Church about East Cooperstop and the new CARTA Route System now running in Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.
Image, Right, CARTA #40 Trans Mount Pleasant stop at Highways 17 & 41 near Goodwill AME Church.
Mount Pleasant Town Council included funding in a recently commissioned study on road projects to plan appropriate locations and facilities for bus stops. The most important of these would be a mulitspace bus stop which connects the major bus routes East of the Cooper located somewhere between the IOP Connector, Bowman Road, Rifle Range Road and Highway 17 which has efficient access to the Mark Clark Expressway. Such a stop would provide a safe place to stop buses out of traffic and transfer between routes.
East Cooper CARTA riders has dubbed this concept East Cooperstop. CARTA already has such stops at Citadel Mall, Mary Street in downtown Charleston and at the intersection of Cosgrove and River’s Ave (called Superstop). Such a stop would be the Eastern terminus of the proposed Daniel Island Express Bus linking Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island and North Charleston at the planned multimodal passenger station.
If East Cooperstop is planned early in coordination with other road construction projects, the cost of planning, development and construction would be minimal. However retrofitting such a facility to completed road projects would be much more expensive and disruptive.
William Hamilton of East Cooper CARTA Riders can be reached at (843) 870-5299