Bus to the Beach Day – May 7, 2011

Official poster for the Bus to the Beach Day
We hope everyone will join the East Cooper CARTA riders and representatives of the Town of Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island as we celebrate the beginning of a summer when new CARTA routes will enable everyone to enjoy the beaches of Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms without their automobile.

Bus to the Beach Day set for Saturday, May 7th

For Immediate Release

CARTA’s new Bus to the Beach service utilizing East Cooper’s three new bus routes will be taken over by Pirates, Surfer Dudes, Shaggers and Jimmy Buffett fans on Saturday, May 7 with a celebration spanning the Inter-coastal Waterway and Breech Inlet at Mount Pleasant Town Centre, the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island.

“It’s Gonna Be a Good Day”  See our #402 Bus in action in our YouTube  video about our new route system If you can’t wait for the happy ending, fast forward to 3:15 where the trip to the beach begins.

Details on the day’s events will be posted on the East Cooper CARTA Riders website www.eastccrider.com as they evolve.  A detailed list of parking areas and bus time tables will be included.  Don’t miss part of the fun by driving any further than the nearest CARTA bus stop anywhere in the Charleston area.

Girls at Carvel Ice Cream

Nina T & Rebbecca W. serve ice cream made in the shop at Carvel by the Staff. Great place to wait if you have a layover between buses.

Full information on the new #CARTA402 Route can be found at http://hungryneckstraphangers.com/routes/ride-the-402/ Including route maps, hints for riders and even tourist information.  It goes to some wonderful places and if you don’t make our special day, remember the CARTA #402 runs every day, Monday trough Saturday.

Travelers will transfer between buses near Carvel Ice Cream in Town Center.  Peter Techlinberg, CARTA transportation planner will be present to make sure the buses are running properly.

William Hamilton, event organizer can be reached during the event by cell phone at 843 870-5299 or email at wjhamilton29464@gmail.com online.  He’ll be monitoring Twitter Hash code #CARTA402 and tweeting out on @eastccrider which can be followed on this website, bottom right side of the page.  Images and video will be posted following the event.  Some will be tweeted out live during the event.  A full edited video should be expected within a week.

Why not Sunday?  We don’t know either.  East Cooper CARTA Riders is going to work on that at our May 16 meeting.  You are invited.  Before we can get Sunday, we’ll need to pack the bus on Saturday.

Major events planned for the day include:

  1. 8:00 am to 8:00 pm- CARTA #402 Island Flex Operating on Regular Route and Schedule all day
  2. 9:30 am at N. Charleston Superwalmart on Rivers Ave.  #10, #40 and #402 buses.  George and Carol Temple lead a delegation to the Celebration by the sea.  See details below.
  3. 10:00 am- Bus Sendoff Celebration on Market Center Drive at Town Centre in Mount Pleasant, Near Carvel.  50 Town Center Goodie Bags to the first passengers headed to the beach.
  4. 10:00 am to 2 pm- Activities at Connecting Stop for #40, #401 & #402 at Town Center near Carvel Ice Cream, Celebrate your Wait.
  5. 11:30 am- Welcoming the Bus to the Beach to front Beach, Isle of Palms Ceremony
  6. 12:30 pm- Proclamation Reading on Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, next the Mount and Fire Station
  7. Other activities TBA throughout the day.

You may encounter Bus Pirates, so please bring your robot. See www.buspirates.com and watch the video to prepare.

On May 7th, everyone will be able to share updates using the twitter hash code for the #402 CARTA Island Flex Route, #CARTA402.  If your business has a special sale, menu item or activity, just insert #CARTA402 in your tweet and it will appear on our feed and the www.eastccrider.com website.

Do Bus Pirates tweet?  We’ll find out Saturday.

Download PDF flyer for this event. This flyer can also be obtained in printed form from the Fed Ex Office location near Town Centre

Enjoy it all without suffering in connector gridlock with the million cars who traveled to and from the Isle of Palms in a single month last summer.

Try Transit with the Tempels

George and Carol Tempel at Folly Pier

George and Carol Tempel at Folly Pier

Local Activists George and Carol Temple will lead a delegation traveling from the N. Charleston Superwalmart River’s Ave. Bus stop for the CARTA #10  Bus at 9:30 am to the Front Beach Isle of Palms for the Town’s Welcome to the Beach Ceremony.  Their journey will be video recorded and tweeted live.

You’re welcome to join them.  Here is the Face book Sign up with details

The twitter feed of the journey will appear at

Here are the trip details.  Friends are invited to join them anywhere along the trip.

Board CARTA #10 at Super K Mart on Rivers Ave. in N. Charleston at 9:31 am. Tell the Driver on the #10 that you need to transfer to the #40 when you get downtown. He can call ahead on the radio to be sure the buses connect.  Dismount at Mary Street for Immediate transfer to the #40 Mt. Pleasant at 10:38.  Ride the #40 to Mt. Pleasant Town Center and Carvel Ice Cream. Arrive 11:14 am.  They’ll meet everyone at Town Center for a big welcome and we’ll take the bus to the beach almost immediately to Front Beach IOP for the Ceremony there at 11:30 am.

George and Carol are active on may local issues.  George is the Current Chairman of the Charleston County Democratic Party.  On the trip, they’ll register voters and engage other passengers about how our transit system can be improved.  This is a non partisan event and everyone interested in a better transit system is invited to join them.  Several Republicans are already involved in other aspects of the day’s events.

If you are interested in joining them please contact them at

George E. Tempel, Ph.D
office; 843-577-6000
home: 843-795-7857
cell: 843-345-5249



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