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.