Grandparents can Dump the Pump this Summer

Mount Pleasant, SC– Grandparents East of the Cooper can dump the pump this summer by taking their grandchildren on public transit outings made more enjoyable without the car.

CARTA DASH Bus at Meeting St. Piggly Wiggly, Spring St. Stop

DASH Bus at Spring Street Stop, Charleston, SC. Travel on all DASH buses is free.

By using the CARTA #40 Trans Mount Pleasant Bus running from stops along Johnny Dodds Blvd. to the Visitor’s Center downtown  and Express Buses running from Super WalMart on North 1& and K mart, Grandparents can enjoy the ride through Mount Pleasant and over the bridge and find themselves downtown where kid friendly attractions and free DASH bus service are only steps away from the downtown bus stops.  Instead of fighting traffic, they can enjoy the dramatic ride over the bridge with their grandchildren.  Upon arriving downtown, they’ll find the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry just across the street, the Charleston Museum an easy one block walk down and the SC Aquarium a short free DASH bus ride to Aquarium Wharf away, as are most downtown attractions and parks.

Plan Your Trip Automatically, Online using Google Transit

You can plan the entire trip from your home to your final destination online using Google Transit on the CARTA website, Google Maps, Android devices, Iphone and Ipad.    Check the next trips from Houston Northcutt Blvd. to Downtown Charleston Visitor’s Center.   Transfers to buses to North Charleston, James Island, and West of the Ashley can be made downtown.  You can use Google Maps to plan your entire trip from your home automatically now and print out the entire plan, as well as email it to Mom and Dad or your tech savvy grandchild.  For older Grandchildren, the bus can be an option for easier visits to you.  For a video briefing on how Google Transit works and options for planning a trip days in the future, see Youtube

Downtown Destinations

Other Options for Grandparent’s Outings

Grandparents may also enjoy taking a trip around Mt. Pleasant on the 401 East Cooper Connector loop Bus.  It is a simple,  easy ride that everyone enjoys and takes those on board to locations of interest around Mt. Pleasant once an hour.  You can park somewhere along the route, such as the Harris Teeter on Houston Northcutt, Moultrie Shopping Plaza or Sea Island Shopping Center and enjoy the ride around town, confident you’ll arrive right back where you started, while you and your grandchildren are free to enjoy the scenery, talk or get off the bus for an hour long visit somewhere.

The #402 Island Flex Bus provides hassel free trips to beaches at the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island.  With a phone in resevation, the bus will pick you and your grandchild up anywhere on the mainland between Highway 17, Venning and Six Mile Road and take you anywhere on Sullivan’s Island and most of Isle of Palms.  Maddening bumper to bumper beach traffic isn’t a bother.  This same bus gives Grandparents lucky enough to live at the beach a safe and pleasant way to go to Town Center for shopping or a movie with their grandchildren.  The Beach bus connects with both the #40 bus for easy trips into Charleston from a stop in front of Verizon at Town Center and stops for the #401 Bus on Hungryneck Blvd.

Younger children enjoy transit immensely.  They’re free to look around and move around when appropriate.  The big windows allow children to really enjoy the view.  Best of all you are free to devote your time and attention to your grandchild instead of the maniac riding your bumper in a Ford Expedition.  The bus may be a bit slower than your car, but you’ll enjoy the time while the driver deals with East Cooper’s dreaded traffic.  Even disabled Grandparents can apply for and use CARTA’s Tel A Ride service for trips with their Grandchildren, which include options for front door pickup.

Options for trips with your Grandchildren don’t end in urban Mount Pleasant.  The Tri County Link C203 Bus services communities along Highway 17 all the way to McClellenville.  Trips throughout the entire CARTA system in Charleston County (with the current exception of the soon to be included 402 Island Flex Route).  The Mount Pleasant Express bus can take riders directly to Citadel Mall.

A bus driver proudly stands next to a bus stop sign on a beautiful day in sunny Charleston, South Carolina.Children under age 6 ride free and there is an off peak senior citizens discount as well.  Regular bus fare is only $1.75, less than the cost of one hour in a parking garage.  All CARTA trips can now be planned online using Android phones, Iphones, Ipads, the website and Google Maps.  In some cases, the best plan may be to drive to a parking lot along the route and take the bus into town.

If all of this is overwhealming and you don’t share my enthusiasm for the internet, just give me a call and I’ll help you figure it out old school.  William Hamilton (843) 870-5299.  You can also pick up printed bus schedules in Mount Pleasant at K Mart and the Sea Island Piggly Wiggly.

With your children and grandchildren, it isn’t the destination that matters, but the journey.  Don’t be chained to your car, being lashed by traffic and harassed by horns on the IOP Connector, Ravenel Bridge or Orange Drum Obstacle Course!  Dump the pump and take the bus.

Special Businss Offers for Grandparents

If you business wishes to extend a promotional offer to Grandparents visiting downtown with their Grandchildren, we’ll list it here.  Just email the details to

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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