Pulling out into 2012 on East Cooper Transit

Ridership East of the Cooper Continues to climb thanks to the efforts of volunteers in our schools, churches, and other community organizations as well as support of local Government.  People are ready to ride East of the Cooper, which surprises even those of us committed to the project after decades of people assuming there was no interest.  Hanging a bag full of bus schedules on a doorknob really works.  Here is what we working on for the next six months.  More details will be posted on our calender.

An image of the East Cooper CARTA Riders advocating at the Blessing of the Fleet in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

Outreach at Blessing of the Fleet Festival

December- We’ll support CARTA’s Presence in the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade, getting people to ride to Second Sunday on King and promoting Dinner and a Show with Pure Theater’s Sunday Matinee downtown.

January- Help develop improved plan for under performing #402 Island Flex bus, CARTA’s only service to any beach, which currently connects the area around Town Center to the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island.

Outreach focused on Public and Private Middle Schools along 401 Route, including Laing, Moultrie, Palmetto Christian, Stella Marris and continued work with the University School of the Lowcountry.  Outreach efforts to CARTA Riders and business owners/employers regarding Tri County Link.

February- Black History on the #401 East Cooper Connector  Bus, Saturday event highlighting black history sites and activities along East Cooper Connector Route.  Events at stops at Sweet Grass Pavilion, Charleston Pinckney History Site, Snowden Community Center and Coleman Blvd. location TBD.  GPS beacon and interpreters on the bus.  Site events coordinated with bus arrival and departure times. Need to avoid SEWE weekend for this event.

Start on the Stops effort to promote bus stop improvements in East Cooper area including ADA compliance.

March- Renew Door to Door effort along 401 East Cooper Connector  route emphasizing route section between Sea Island Shopping Center and Long Point Road.

Outreach to East Cooper Hotels promoting guests using CARTA services in anticipation of Spring and Summer tourism season.

April- Blessing of the Fleet Information Booth

May- Promote CARTA services to the Beach.

Spoleto Sans Auto– Work with Spoleto and City to encourage using tranist to enjoy the festival, emphasizing connection to downtown DASH services.



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