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.
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.