New 40 & 401 Routes, Meeting Dec. 19.

CARTA Bus stopped at location of Mount Pleasant Farmers Market near Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

Bus stopped at location of Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market on Coleman Blvd. Please note that actual bus stops are on Coleman Blvd. East and West of this location.

CARTA staff is in the process or recommending a slightly modified route for the #40 after the end of the current road work and a very different route for the #401 East Cooper Connector, which would run between the Visitor’s Center in Downtown Charleston to the East Cooper Connector.  Service to Whipple Road, Long Point, Bell Hall and Snowden would end.  Regular #402 Island Flex Bus service on the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island might end as well.

Four options are being considered, the CARTA board has indicated a preference for Option 3.

Unfortunately due to communication problems, November’s public hearing wasn’t well attended.  We only learned of it the day after it took place.  This board meeting will probably be our last opportunity to present any input on these new routes, or the possibility of seasonal beach service.

The next CARTA Board meeting will be December 19 at 2 pm on the Second Floor of the Lonnie Hamilton County Services Building on 4045 Bridgrview Drive in North Charleston.  We plan to be present to present our thoughts during the public comment period.  If you want any input on the future of transit East of the Cooper, please plan to attend.  Images and maps of the areas and locations of concern greatly assist the board and staff when we present input.  We have a Facebook event signup online for this meeting.


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