East Cooperstop | Subject of May 25th Presentation

East Cooper CARTA Riders will make a presentation to the East Cooper Democrats at the Wednesday, May 25th about CooperstopMount 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.

For more information on East Cooper CARTA Riders see www.eastccrider.com or follow their twitter feed at http://twitter.com/#!/eastccrider online.

William Hamilton of East Cooper CARTA Riders can be reached at (843) 870-5299

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