New Stops Built by Town

Wingo Way Bus Stop

Bus Stop on Wingo Way in Mount Pleasant, SC

The Town of Mount Pleasant completed three new bus stops last week. All three stops include a generous, solid metal bench secured to a slab and should accommodate a family of four or three strangers comfortably.  Two are located at what have been the busiest bus stop on Johnnie Dodds Blvd,  One is across from Wando Crossing Shopping Center, in front of Fender Mender.   The second JDB stop is located NW of the intersection of Bowman Road and Johnnie Dodds, behind the Arby’s about 150 feet west of Bowman on the frontage road.  See Bowman stop on Google Maps  This location serves the Bowman Medical Complex.  Prior to the start of road construction, this stop was the busiest in Mount Pleasant.  Both of these stops serve the #40 Mount Pleasant Bus

One stop was also constructed on Wingo Way, where a large cluster of Hotels have both employees and tourists looking for a ride into Charleston.  In addition to the bench, this stop has a wide retaining wall which provides additional seating.  From here visitors can be downtown in 15 minutes on the new #41 Coleman Blvd Route.  Here is a link to that stop location on Wingo Way.

Hungryneck Straphangers would like to thank Mayor Swails and Mount Pleasant Town Council for their effort and commitment to building these wonderful stops.  As always, Linda Page continues to work to improve our transit system.   Public works did a great job on all three stops, each of which had its particular challenges and required working next to a busy road.  We’re confident these stops will help build ridership.  They send a powerful message to all in our community that we value the people who ride the bus here.  Last year the town put out a new stop at Wando High School as well, which gets a lot of use.

It’s important to thank our elected officials when they make the hard decisions to put in infrastructure like this, so Hungryneck Straphangers will be attending the July 9, 6 pm meeting of Mount Pleasant Town Council to thank the Mayor and Town Council for their efforts.  With these three stops and the two temporary benches put out by our organization, real progress is being made towards better bus stops.

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