401crst001 is located on the West Side of Houston Northcutt Blvd. in front of Harris Teetter, South of Moe’s Soutwest Grill and Wendy’s. It is across the four lane road from the huge parking lot for Patriot’s Plaza Shopping Center, location of Whole Foods and Staples. GPS Coordinates are Lat. 32.8030589316041 Long. -79.8902508057655. The address is 915 Houston Northcutt Blvd Mt Pleasant, SC 29464.
The stop for the #40 Trans Mount Pleasant, outbound or Eastbound towards Town Centre and Wando High School is on the opposite side of the Road, near Whole Foods about 250 feet SW of 401crst001. This #40 outbound stop has a very attractive shelter.
Plans have been made to upgrade 401crst001 to full ADA standards with a handicapped accessable bus hard surfaced bus stop with sidewalk access in both directions as part of the Johhnie Dodds road improvement project. For now the stop has two concrete benches and one of the few surviving molded concrete pylon bus stop markers surviving from the SCE&G transit era. While the stop is very close to traffic and has no shelter, there is a wonderful nearby waiting area just behind the stop under the trees with a picnic table.
Connections and Times
As of May 14, 2011 the #401 East Cooper Connector stops at 401crst001 at the beginning of its run at 7 minutes after the hour, 7 am to 6 pm with a final stop before returning to CARTA operations at 7:07. The East Cooper Connector generally runs slightly after schedule later in the day but has been running within 10 minutes of being on time. From this stop the East Cooper conector goes South on Houston Northcutt to turn left on to Coleman Blvd to start its outbound run towards Shem Creek, Coleman Blvd., Moultrie Middle School, Sea Island Shopping Center and points East.
The #40 stops at this location at about 15 to 25 minutes after the hour before heading into Charleston to arrive near the Visitor’s Center at 35 minutes after the hour. Once downtown at the Visitor’s Center a half block walk to and across King Street or Meeting Street or a one Block Walk South to John connects travelers to the Free Downtown DASH bus system, making it possible to park near this stop and access downtown using the 40 without having to drive downtown or park there, avoiding downtown Charleston and its expensive and often dark parking garages. Downtown is really a pleasure with having to drive or park and East Cooper CARTA Riders recommends the Park Pleasantly, Play on the Peninsula strategy highly.
There is a quick inbound connection at 401crst001 from the #401 East Cooper Connector to #40 Trans Mount Pleasant headed downtown with a planned wait of 13 minutes which is often slightly shorter. If you watch your time, a quick run to the Starbucks 300 feet SW between buses is possible.
The wait for outbound trips on the #40 after getting off the #401 at this stop on the is a leisurely 45 minutes, however there are lots of errands which can be done while you are in the area. There are 12 restaurants here, Staples, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, Minuteman Press and 20 other shops and businesses. Make the wait work and you’ll arrive home fed with your shopping done.
Note– East Cooper CARTA Riders is working towards a comprehensive map and index for all East Cooper Transit Services and locations. Major connecting stops such as 401crst001 will have their own web pages. Such pages are currently planned for Town Centre; Coleman Blvd./Patriots Point; Oakland Market; Belle Hall Station/Equpt Road; Kmart; Wando Crossing Shopping Center and the Mary Street Tranist Center in Downtown Charleston. Most stops will have an illustrated listing linked to maps and timetables for route sections.