Moving Planet Bus

12 volunteers made a great effort Saturday, Sept. 24th. to get the word out to help save the East Cooper Connector #401 Bus Route.  Over 300 residences got transit information in the Old Village.  Thanks to the faculty and students from the University School of the Lowcountry for the muscle they brought to this effort, including stuffing hundreds of bags. Many people were delighted to learn about the new route and we now know there are a lot of people, living quite near the route who still don’t know about it.  Linda Page and Ann Owens also operated an information table at nearby Royall Hardware where they talked to many other people.

Bus is Up to us

This Picassa photo album (0n right) has a few images from the effort.  If there are any other images available please email them to wjhamilton29464@gmail.com to be included here.

The Transit outreach effort continued Sunday when an additional 4oo people recieved transit information from CARTA staff and volunteers at the Green Fair.  Meaning at least 900 housholds and groups of people got information about transit this weekend.

Discount Bus Passes Now Available at Kmart

We also learned this weekend that the Kmart at Bowman Road and Highway 17, where the Express Bus to Charleston. Tri County Links bus C203 to Awendaw & McClellenville and 401 East Cooper Connector have stops is now selling discount CARTA Bus Passes, joining the Sea Island Shopping Center Piggly Wiggly and Visitors Center at Waterfront Park in that important effort.  Kmart reports good sales.  They’re also passing out bus information.

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